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You will recognize the characters but they will have become very.FOREWORD BY JAY BUSHMAN Welcome to Sanditon: When I tell people that our follow-up to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is based on Austen's "Sanditon". It's even harder to type and read: at first. When we announced Welcome to Sanditon as our next project. it was with the idea to include even more of the audience interaction that we built into LBD. or by differing editions of the unfinished manuscript. compared to Pride and Prejudice. we are just about to announce the show’s May 13th launch date. an identity and a family much different from the Heywoods. It’s so tempting to put that extra "I" in. perceptive and intriguing character that could have become as iconic as Austen’s other heroines. We are not making a very faithful adaptation. And so I was thrilled to see Katharine talking on Twitter about making a new ebook version of the original Austen text. To those of you who are Austen purists. The biggest change we've made is that we've replaced "Sanditon"'s protagonist Charlotte Heywood with LBD's Gigi Darcy. Me included. but using Austen's framework as a jumping-off point. I hope you will get a chance to meet Charlotte Heywood. But the challenge we face is that. very different. many people think it's "Sandition". Partly because very few people have ever heard of "Sanditon". Which requires us to take her in some different directions. every single person looks at me in confusion. 4 . it should enable you to see all the places where we've drastically changed things from the original. But through this e-book. Many people have been confused by the different completions attempted by other authors. let me offer my apologies. Gigi brings with her a backstory. It's awkward on the tongue and to the ear. As I write this. there are a minuscule amount of people familiar with "Sanditon". a lively. I hope that Katharine's work becomes a useful and fun resource for those of you who want to take part in our new show. much less read it. And partly because "Sanditon" is a difficult word to say. If nothing else.
Jay Bushman Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner http://welcometosanditon. but it's our invitation to you to come join this community and make your own story. I hope to see you around town. It's not just something that residents say to Gigi.The name of the series is Welcome to Sanditon. 2013 Welcome to Sanditon 5 .com May 2nd. and we mean that literally.
It is accepted to be the last work of fiction she attempted before her final illness (most frequently diagnosed as Addison's disease) prevented her from continuing. The final date on the manuscript is March 18th. but shows very little of the author's writing process. and even babies).NOTES ON THE TEXT Original Document The untitled manuscript fragment now known as "Sanditon" is housed at King's College. Given that the earliest date on the "Sanditon" manuscript (written in Austen's handwriting) is January 27th. fans. 1817.uk) includes a fully-digitized copy with transcription. there are innumerable printed editions of her six complete novels. In addition. hard-to-read sidebars.W. Cambridge University. and her health had begun to decline seriously by mid1816.janeausten. Prior works like Pride and Prejudice tend to appear in a manuscript state known as a "fair copy" . From a reader’s perspective. Unlike her other manuscripts. we have the opposite issue. scholars in a variety of disciplines. emendations.a clean version. Chapman's 20th-century transcriptions were 6 .ac. with minimal edits and errors. also written in Austen's hand. ready to be sent to the printer for publication.or linebreaks to speak of. it is the first and only rough draft of this text. teachers. R. This manuscript is filled with evidence of authorial decision-making: cross-outs. and everything else you'd expect of an early draft written entirely by hand. To the best of our knowledge. designed for all types of readers (including students. The situation tends to be different with her juvenilia and unfinished drafts. A fair copy is basically the work in its final form. abbreviations of dubious intention. 1817. Transcriptions and Editions of the Text Because Austen's texts are in the public domain and her work remains incredibly popular. written out neatly by the author or a professional scribe. as well as archival processing notes for the original document. The Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition project site (http://www. "Sanditon" was still very much a work-in-progress as of Austen's death on July 18th. 1817. Contemporary letters note that Austen began to feel unwell in early 1816. it authoritatively answers the question of "What did Jane Austen intend to write?". In the King’s College manuscript of "Sanditon". there are no paragraph. Austen would have been very conscious of mortality when she began writing her novel about health and the future. and it is in a state aptly called a "working draft" or "foul papers". making the document a single 120-page block of text.
This Copy of "Sanditon" The base text of this edition of "Sanditon" is a hand-corrected version of the open source Project Gutenberg Australia copy. This is not a new transcription or a scholarly edition of the text. 2013 7 . often with less-than-perfect results. and to eliminate any incidental features that stand in the way of a story well told. the footnotes of this edition occasionally "jump the gun" by introducing the names and relationships of important characters so that the reader can catch them on the first read-through. While massive electronic text initiatives like Project Gutenberg and Google Books have done exceptional work in increasing the availability and readership of obscure texts by classic authors. it's an attempt to make a reader-friendly edition that fans of Austen. Specifically. Scholars looking at "Sanditon" tend to focus on the text in relation to Austen's life and writing style. quotation marks). collated against the editions consulted below. The role of the "Sanditon" text. and spelling have been modernized. Liu May 1st. rather than for the broader range of Austen readers. is to serve merely as the starting point for that project. can enjoy in anticipation of the Welcome to Sanditon transmedia adventure. As "Fragment of a Novel". and/or 2.) Digitally scanning and saving PDFs of paper editions. and only a handful of editions have followed. and consequently replicate the manuscript copy with all of the writer's syntactical idiosyncrasies (ex. including "Sanditon". Pre-existing editions have been used to introduce paragraph breaks. punctuation. the sheer size of these projects means that they tend to follow two broad-brush procedures to reproduce these texts: 1. but Austen's long sentences have been kept to maintain the text's rhythm. Katharine K.the first published copies of some of Austen’s less popular manuscripts. Chapman's text of "Sanditon" was not published until 1925. The hope is to render the text as transparently as possible. spelling. punctuation. So. in addition to their normal function of clarifying unfamiliar terms. Capitalization. as Jay wrote. The few extant editions of "Sanditon" tend to designed for scholars. and particularly The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.) Using an OCR (online character recognition) program to "read" the physical page and translate its symbols into a text document. capitalization.
Penguin Classics. Alderman Library. Penguin Classics. Ed. 127-143. London: Penguin Books. New York: Cambridge University Press. McMaster. "Social Background. Drabble. ---." "Sanditon". New York: Cambridge University Press. No accession number. Chisholm." "Lady Susan". "Class." "Lady Susan". 6 April 2013 8 . "Lady Susan". Margaret. Principal Investigator Kathryn Sutherland. Margaret Drabble. "Sanditon. Edward. Penguin Classics. 2001. 2003. 2nd ed." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. ---. "The Watsons". Juliet. and "Sanditon". Introduction. Jane." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. "A Note On The Text. Processing notes for "Sanditon". 2nd ed. 111-126.WORKS CONSULTED Austen. and "Sanditon". Drabble.virginia. "The Watsons". 2012. Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts. David Seaman. 2003. University of Virginia.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/moden g/parsed&tag=public&part=all>. 37-39. Lorrie S. 2003. Drabble. Margaret. "Sanditon. Ed. 2007. King's College. By Jane Austen. 2012. London: Penguin Books. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. Copeland. and "Lady Susan".html>. "Sanditon.net. 1998. 6 April 2013 <http://http://etext. London: Penguin Books. Electronic Text Center. and "Sanditon". 153-211. London: Penguin Books. "The Watsons". General editor Colin Choat. 7-31. and "Sanditon"." Project Gutenberg Australia. 1975. 33-36. ---. 2003.edu/etcbin/toccernew2?id=AusSndt. 2012. Stilwell. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster.au/ebooks/fr008641. Margaret. By Jane Austen." Boston: Houghton-Mifflin. Cambridge. and Karen Wikander. Ed." "Lady Susan". 6 April 2013 <http://gutenberg. "Money. KS: DigiReads. Penguin Classics. Ed. "The Watsons". By Jane Austen. "The Watsons". 218-222. "Sanditon.
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as soon as the premises of the said house were left behind . no wheels but cart wheels could safely proceed. Parker are traveling. you know. they neither of them at first felt more than shaken and bruised. Good out of evil. gentleman-like man of middle age. is located in the county of East Sussex in the south-east corner of England. on being first required to take that direction. "There is something wrong here. and receiving her first real comfort from the sight of several persons now coming to their assistance. And the persons who approached were a well-looking. towards which Mr." looking up at her with a smile. 1 10 . neither able to do or suggest anything. The severity of the fall was broken by their slow pace and the narrowness of the lane. and three or four of The village of Sanditon. while Tonbridge is a town in Kent. my dear. "it could not have happened.Chapter 1 A GENTLEMAN AND A LADY travelling from Tonbridge towards that part of the Sussex coast which lies between Hastings and Eastbourne. But the gentleman had. lies my cure. which was seen romantically situated among wood on a high eminence at some little distance. the proprietor of the place. Hastings and Eastbourne are boroughs in East Sussex. hale. I fancy. beyond it.expressing with a most portentous countenance that. half rock. putting his hand to his ankle. who happened to be among his haymakers at the time. The very thing perhaps to be wished for. the county directly between of East Sussex and Greater London. sprained his foot. terrified and anxious. and soon becoming sensible of it. in a better place. half sand. He had grumbled and shaken his shoulders and pitied and cut his horses so sharply that he might have been open to the suspicion of overturning them on purpose (especially as the carriage was not his master's own) if the road had not indisputably become worse than before. The accident had been discerned from a hayfield adjoining the house they had passed. and Mrs. "But never mind." pointing to the neat-looking end of a cottage. were overturned in toiling up its long ascent. was obliged in a few moments to cut short both his remonstrances to the driver and his congratulations to his wife and himself and sit down on the bank. There. "Does not that promise to be the very place?" His wife fervently hoped it was. had conceived to be necessarily their object and had with most unwilling looks been constrained to pass by. 1 The accident happened just beyond the only gentleman's house near the lane . We shall soon get relief.a house which their driver. but stood." said he. being induced by business to quit the high road and attempt a very rough lane. and the gentleman having scrambled out and helped out his companion. in the course of the extrication. unable to stand.
Parker can deduce that Mr. I am sure." "Then. and as the road does not seem in a favorable state for my getting up to his house myself. 11 . some surprise at anybody's attempting that road in a carriage. I assure you. I can bring proof of your having a surgeon in the parish. to have a surgeon's opinion without loss of time. Heywood. and while one or two of the men lent their help to the driver in getting the carriage upright again. One of these good people can be with him in three minutes. Heywood. this is certainly Willingden.Stay." looking towards the cottage. but I dare say we shall do very well without him. a "gentleman" refers to the head of a land-owning country household. and I take you at your word. such was the name of the said proprietor. I will thank you to send off one of these good people for the surgeon. you know. "You are extremely obliging. whose income is derived from farming.or rather better. much concern for the accident. "What. but from the extent of the parish or some other cause you may not be aware of the fact. rent and inheritance rather than a profession (McMaster 114). not very far off. advanced with a very civil salutation. His courtesies were received with good breeding and gratitude." taking out his pocketbook. can I be mistaken in the place? Am I not in Willingden? Is not this Willingden?" "Yes. if he is not in the way. But it is always best in these cases. "I am afraid you will find no surgeon at hand here. we have passed none in this place which can be the abode of a gentleman. sir. I dare say. "for excepting your own.the ablest of them summoned to attend their master ." "The surgeon!" exclaimed Mr." replied the other. the traveler said. sir. I would rather see his partner. Here. Mr." "Excuse me. "if you will do me the favor of casting your eye over these advertisements which I cut out myself from the 2 Roughly speaking. I need not ask whether I see the house.to say nothing of all the rest of the field. Heywood is a gentleman based on his estate. his partner will do just as well . "I am sorry to have the appearance of contradicting you." "Nay sir. Indeed I would prefer the attendance of his partner." 2 Mr. women and children. very trifling. and ready offers of assistance. whether you may know it or not. The injury to my leg is. sir. men. sir. Heywood looked very much astonished. Mr. sir! Are you expecting to find a surgeon in that cottage? We have neither surgeon nor partner in the parish. sir.
"Social Background"." he added. 3 4 12 . which is Great Willingden or Willingden Abbots." He took the pieces of paper as he spoke. "It took us half an hour to climb your hill. And as soon as these good people have A post chaise is a wide. until the carriage is at the door.wishing to form a separate establishment. My dear. But do not be alarmed about my leg.undeniable character . All done in a moment. and finding we were actually to pass within a mile or two of a Willingden. Great Willingden and Willingden Abbots are fictional (Drabble. And your advertisements must refer to the other. Your mistake is in the place. having looked them over.Morning Post and the Kentish Gazette only yesterday morning in London. if gentlemen were to be often attempting this lane in post chaises.extensive business . designed for long-distance travel. And we. I can assure you. Quite down in the weald. sir. that it is in fact. as indifferent a double tenement as any in the parish. speaking rather proudly. Heywood with a good-humored smile. if you were to show me all the newspapers that are printed in one week throughout the kingdom. and." (to his wife) "I am very sorry to have brought you into this scrape." offering the two little oblong extracts.. sir.everything in the hurry and confusion which always attend a short stay there. "Having lived here ever since I was born.in your own parish . you would not persuade me of there being a surgeon in Willingden. "Sir. sir. 3 But as to that cottage. "I believe I can explain it. It gives me no pain while I am quiet. added. So satisfying myself with a brief inquiry. "Notes" 218).respectable references . and lies seven miles off on the other side of Battle. There are two Willingdens in this country. four-wheel carriage drawn by two or four horses. I think I must have known of such a person. man and boy fifty-seven years. Imagine trying to drive off-road in a minivan and you’ll have the general idea. sir. it might not be a bad speculation for a surgeon to get a house at the top of the hill. I think you will be convinced that I am not speaking at random. At least I may venture to say that he has not much business. I am sure. appropriately named Wealden. One is never able to complete anything in the way of business. All notes on carriages come primarily from Drabble." said Mr. but based on description they would probably be located in East Sussex’s largest district. I dare say it is as you say and I have made an abominably stupid blunder.. The advertisements did not catch my eye until the last half hour of our being in town . in spite of its spruce air at this distance. You will find it at full length." 4 "Not down in the weald. and that my shepherd lives at one end and three old women at the other. I sought no farther. "are not in the weald. To be sure. You will find in it an advertisement of the dissolution of a partnership in the medical line . Well. you know." replied the traveler pleasantly. Willingden (spelled "Willingdon" today) is a village in northern Eastbourne.
as I dare say you find. my wife. Heywood." In a most friendly manner Mr. Parker. sir. And once at home. this lady." replied Mr. A little of our own bracing sea air will soon set me on my feet again. and very cordially pressing them to make use of his house for both purposes. I have heard of Sanditon. Mr." A twinge or two.certainly the favorite spot of all that are to be found along the coast of Sussex. this England" (II. 5 13 . "Every five years.i). We are on our road home from London. sir. But Sanditon itself .succeeded in setting the carriage to rights and turning the horses around." he turned again to Mr. allow me to tell you who we are. demi-paradise. my dear. Saline air and immersion will be the very thing. My sensations tell me so already. "with all the common remedies for sprains and bruises. this realm. The favorite for a young and rising bathing-place . we have our remedy at hand. and in order to do away with any unfavorable impression which the sort of wild-goose chase you find me in may have given rise to. you know.though I am by no means the first of my family holding landed property in the parish of Sanditon . and promising to be the most chosen by man. and consulting his wife in the few words of "Well. Heywood." said he. Parker’s poetic raptures on Sanditon./This fortress built by Nature for herself/Against infection and the hand of war. Depend upon it. Parker of Sanditon." This is the first of Mr. Heywood here interposed. Two hours take us home from Hailsham. "Before we accept your hospitality. My name perhaps . I believe it will be better for us. one hears of some new place or other starting up by the sea and growing the fashion. And I will answer for the pleasure it will give my wife and daughters to be of service to you in every way in their power. Mrs. disposed the traveler to think rather more than he had done at first of the benefit of immediate assistance." 5 "Yes. My name is Parker. in trying to move his foot. and in writing them Austen draws comically on John of Gaunt’s famous paean to England in Shakespeare’s Richard II: "This other Eden. the best thing we can do will be to measure back our steps into the turnpike road and proceed to Hailsham. my dear. How they can half of them be filled is the wonder! Where people can be found with money and time to go to them! Bad things for a country .everybody has heard of Sanditon.sure to raise the price of provisions and make the poor good for nothing . the most favored by nature. and so home without attempting anything farther./… this little world/This precious stone set in the silver sea…/This blessed plot. "We are always well stocked. entreating them not to think of proceeding until the ankle had been examined and some refreshment taken. it is exactly a case for the sea. this earth.may be unknown at this distance from the coast.
Sanditon is not a place-" "I do not mean to take exception to any place in particular. a bleak moor and the constant effluvia of a ridge of putrefying seaweed . A common idea. What in the name of common sense is to recommend Brinshore? A most insalubrious air . the buildings. I assure you. fortunately. while the growth of the place.but not to a small village like Sanditon." cried Mr.excellent bathing .not in the smallest degree exaggerated .it is so cold and ungrateful that it can hardly be made to yield a cabbage.no mud . "On that point perhaps we may not totally disagree. But Brinshore. Parker. Nature had marked it out. Heywood. It demands no more. sir.those regular." answered Mr. It may apply to your large. But had we not better try to get you-" "Our coast too full!" repeated Mr."Not at all. Our coast is abundant enough. I assure you. was called for. sir. 14 .fine hard sand . that this is a most faithful description of Brinshore . No sir. excessively absurd and must soon find themselves the dupes of their own fallacious calculations. Only conceive. The finest.lying as it does between a stagnant marsh.roads proverbially detestable water brackish beyond example. Everybody's taste and everybody's finances may be suited. And those good people who are trying to add to the number are. precluded by its size from experiencing any of the evils of civilization. measured mile nearer than Eastbourne.can end in nothing but their own disappointment. sir. Such a place as Sanditon. steady. sir.no slimy rocks. had spoken in most intelligible characters. the demand for everything and the sure resort of the very best company .the attempts of two or three speculating people about Brinshore this last year to raise that paltry hamlet . sir. I may say was wanted. but a mistaken one. overgrown places like Brighton or Worthing or Eastbourne . a fictional place.and if you have heard it differently spoken of-" 6 Poor Brinshore is. the advantage of saving a whole mile in a long journey. 6 Depend upon it.no weeds . in my opinion.the very spot which thousands seemed in need of! The most desirable distance from London! One complete. impossible to get a good dish of tea within three miles of the place. And as for the soil . "Quite the contrary. Parker eagerly.deep water ten yards from the shore . "I only think our coast is too full of them altogether. purest sea breeze on the coast . not at all.acknowledged to be so . which I dare say you have in your eye . private families of thorough gentility and character who are a blessing everywhere excite the industry of the poor and diffuse comfort and improvement among them of every sort. Never was there a place more palpably designed by nature for the resort of the invalid . At least there are enough. the nursery grounds.
apply any verses you like to it. sir. But I want to see something applied to your leg. sir. as opposed to Voltaire . followed by as many maid servants. sir . 15 . never heard of half a mile from home." turning with exultation to his wife." said Mr." The young ladies approached and said everything that was proper to recommend their father's offers.'She. especially as the carriage. in truth. And I am sure by your lady's countenance that she is quite of my opinion and thinks it a pity to lose any more time. "you see how it is. was discovered to have received such injury on the fallen side as to be unfit for present use." "You did not! There.'" 7 "With all my heart. my dear. let us see how you can be best conveyed into the house. And here come my girls to speak for themselves and their mother. So much for the celebrity of Brinshore! This gentleman did not know there was such a place in the world. Now. and in an unaffected manner calculated to make the strangers easy. Parker was exceedingly anxious for relief .a very few civil scruples were enough. Parker was therefore carried into the house and his carriage wheeled off to a vacant barn. were now seen issuing from the house." Two or three genteel-looking young women. Heywood. Why. "I did not know there was such a place in the world. Mr. being now set up. I never heard it spoken of in my life before. "I began to wonder the bustle should not have reached them.and her husband by this time not much less disposed for it ."Sir. I fancy we may apply to Brinshore that line of the poet Cowper in his description of the religious cottager. As Mrs. 7 William Cowper (1731-1800) was a popular English poet and predecessor to the Romantics who were in vogue at the time "Sanditon" was written. A thing of this kind soon makes a stir in a lonely place like ours.
By address we learn that Susan is the elder sister. as there was not more good will on one side than gratitude on the other. and planned and built. and Arthur. though not large. Parker could now think of very little besides. fashionable bathing place. the success of Sanditon as a small. For a whole fortnight the travelers were fixed at Willingden. to both husband and wife. and had four sweet children at home. he laid before them were that he was about five and thirty. Parker's character and history were soon unfolded. Parker is "about 35" and Diana is "about 34". and where he might be himself in the dark. was the object for which he seemed to live. 27-28. The facts which. Parker's sprain proving too serious for him to move sooner. was neither short nor unimportant. it had been a quiet village of no pretensions. so the text is ambiguous. they had engaged in it. He was waited on and nursed. and raised it to something of young renown. he readily told. no profession . and she cheered and comforted with unremitting kindness. they grew to like each other in the course of that fortnight exceedingly well. Mr.seven years. The Heywoods were a thoroughly respectable family and every possible attention was paid. A very few years ago. 8 16 .succeeding as eldest son to the property which two or three generations had been holding and accumulating before him. and praised and puffed. (?). perhaps Austen had yet to decide when she stopped working on the manuscript. Sidney. He had fallen into very good hands. his conversation was still giving information to such of the Heywoods as could observe. Diana. in descending order by age. nor any deficiency of generally pleasant manners in either. but whether she is the oldest sibling is unclear. in more direct communication. but some natural advantages in its position and some accidental circumstances having suggested to himself and the other principal landholder the probability of its becoming a profitable speculation. All that he understood of himself. are Mr. Sanditon. It had not proceeded from any intention of spraining his ankle or The five adult Parker siblings.Chapter 2 THE ACQUAINTANCE. that he was of a respectable family and easy.very happily married .on the subject of Sanditon. 8 His object in quitting the high road to hunt for an advertising surgeon was also plainly stated. in the kindest and most unpretending manner. 20. thus oddly begun. and Mr. Mr. Susan. by collateral inheritance. By such he was perceived to be an enthusiast .the eldest of the two former indeed. for he was very open-hearted. that he had two brothers and two sisters. a complete enthusiast. 35. all single and all independent . 34. quite as well provided for as himself. and as every office of hospitality and friendliness was received as it ought. [Tom] Parker. Mr. fortune. had been married .
hardly less dear. He had strong reason to believe that one family had been deterred last year from trying Sanditon on that account and probably very many more . [Tom] Parker’s wife is Mrs. his lottery. which the nature of the advertisement induced him to expect to accomplish in Willingden. the properest wife in the world for a man of strong understanding but not of a capacity to supply the cooler reflection which her own husband sometimes needed. and so entirely waiting to be guided on every occasion that whether he was risking his fortune or spraining his ankle. she remained equally useless. He could talk of it forever. And Mrs. Heywood had been apt to suppose) from any design of entering into partnership with him. foresaw that every one of them would be benefited by the sea. fond of wife. amiable. and his endeavors in the cause were as grateful and disinterested as they were warm. [Mary] Parker. it was merely in consequence of a wish to establish some medical man at Sanditon.and his own sisters. anti-bilious and anti-rheumatic. and.doing himself any other injury for the good of such surgeon. He was convinced that the advantage of a medical man at hand would very materially promote the rise and prosperity of the place. it was his mine. with more imagination than judgment. liberal. of a sanguine turn of mind. would in fact tend to bring a prodigious influx. easy to please. children. who were sad invalids and whom he was very anxious to get to Sanditon this summer. anti-pulmonary. and generally kind-hearted. The sea air and sea bathing together were nearly infallible. property and home. his occupation. Parker9 was as evidently a gentle. He held it indeed as certain that no person could be really well. He was extremely desirous of drawing his good friends at Willingden thither. Mr. his hope and his futurity. Nobody could catch 9 Mr. one or the other of them being a match for every disorder of the stomach. They were anti-spasmodic. also named Mary. He wanted to secure the promise of a visit. no person (however upheld for the present by fortuitous aids of exercise and spirits in a semblance of health) could be really in a state of secure and permanent health without spending at least six weeks by the sea every year. his speculation and his hobby horse. and certainly more engrossing. 17 . to get as many of the family as his own house would contain to follow him to Sanditon as soon as possible. gentleman-like. anti-septic. healthy as they all undeniably were. Sanditon was a second wife and four children to him. Parker was evidently an amiable family man. the lungs or the blood. brothers and sisters. their children appear to be three boys and a girl. nothing else was wanting. nor (as Mr. sweet-tempered woman. could hardly be expected to hazard themselves in a place where they could not have immediate medical advice. not only those of birthplace. It had indeed the highest claims. Upon the whole.
10 11 18 . the sea-bath was the certain corrective. and symptoms of the gout and a winter at Bath. no difficulties were started. therefore. Mr. Heywood went no farther than his feet or his well-tried old horse could carry him. the eldest of the daughters at home and the one who. softening. and Mrs. Parker. ceased from soliciting a family visit and bounded their views to carrying back one daughter with them. careful course of life. Sea air was healing. Charlotte was to go: with excellent health. If the sea breeze failed. and Mrs. to receive every possible pleasure which Tunbridge Wells (different from Tonbridge) and Bath were fashionable resort towns based around health. and obliged them to be stationary and healthy at Willingden. nobody wanted spirits. nobody wanted strength. What prudence had at first enjoined was now rendered pleasant by habit. while making that home extremely comfortable. they were glad to promote their getting out into the world as much as possible. They stayed at home that their children might get out. and Mrs. sometimes the other. the sea air alone was evidently designed by nature for the cure. an occasional month at Tunbridge Wells. settled. Heywood never left home. who had attended them most and knew them best. nobody wanted appetite by the sea. They never left home and they had gratification in saying so. His eloquence. They had a very pretty property.sometimes one. Today's equivalent might be the destination spa. however. When Mr. welcomed every change from it which could give useful connections or respectable acquaintance to sons or daughters.cold by the sea. Excepting two journeys to London in the year to receive his dividends. under her mother's directions. education and fitting out of fourteen children demanded a very quiet. to have allowed them a very gentlemanlike share of luxuries and change. had been particularly useful and obliging to them. but associated with relaxation and holistic wellness rather than the clinical treatment of specific diseases. Their invitation was to Miss Charlotte Heywood 11. Charlotte Heywood is the character represented by Gigi Darcy. It was general pleasure and consent. In Welcome to Sanditon. could not prevail. their movements had long been limited to one small circle. enough for them to have indulged in a new carriage and better roads. to bathe and be better if she could. enough. relaxing . 10 But the maintenance. had their family been of reasonable limits. and where bathing disagreed.fortifying and bracing seemingly just as was wanted . Heywood's adventurings were only now and then to visit her neighbors in the old coach which had been new when they married and fresh-lined on their eldest son's coming of age ten years ago. But very far from wishing their children to do the same. a very pleasing young woman of two and twenty. Mr. and. Marrying early and having a very numerous family. and they were older in habits than in age.
19 . All that Mr.Sanditon could be made to supply by the gratitude of those she went with. new gloves and new brooches for her sisters and herself at the library. which Mr. and that nothing should ever induce him (as far as the future could be answered for) to spend even five shillings at Brinshore. and to buy new parasols. Heywood himself could be persuaded to promise was that he would send everyone to Sanditon who asked his advice. Parker was anxiously wishing to support.
Her first husband had been a Mr. and all at her disposal. 12 20 . Parker acknowledged there being just such a degree of value for it apparent now as to give her conduct that natural explanation. it was to be supposed.and her faults may be entirely imputed to her want of education. But she is a good-natured woman. Lady Denham had been a rich Miss Brereton. she had married. and in their journey from Willingden to the coast. That she was a very rich old lady.all his estates. independent. she had been induced to marry again. on Sir Harry's decease. when her love of money is carried greatly too far. The great lady of Sanditon was Lady Denham. She had been too wary to put anything out of her own power and when." said he. She has Except for this paragraph. Her motives for such a match could be little understood at the distance of forty years. a man of considerable property in the country. and Mr. He had been an elderly man when she married him. she returned again to her own house at Sanditon. a very good-natured woman .but it is not offensive . She had been necessarily often mentioned at Willingden . Going forward. there are points. "There is at times. were facts already known. The late Sir Harry Denham. Mr. and to give the visiting young lady a suitable knowledge of the person with whom she might now expect to be daily associating.Chapter 3 EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD should have a great lady. but some further particulars of her history and her character served to lighten the tediousness of a long hill. Hollis that at his death he left her everything . the "poor cousin" who lives with her at Sanditon House." 12 For the title. with manor and mansion house. Parker gave Charlotte a more detailed account of her than had been called for before. a cheerful. but she had so well nursed and pleased Mr. friendly neighbor. "Miss Brereton" is Clara Brereton. and was very much looked up to and had a poor cousin living with her. Hollis. "a little self-importance .a very obliging. of which a large share of the parish of Sanditon. Lady Denham (formerly Hollis. valuable character . who knew the value of money. still she had given nothing for it. née Brereton) is always referred to as "Lady Denham". made a part. her own age about thirty.and there are moments. born to wealth but not to education. Sanditon itself could not be talked of long without the introduction of Lady Denham. had succeeded in removing her and her large income to his own domains. but he could not succeed in the views of permanently enriching his family which were attributed to him. of Denham Park in the neighborhood of Sanditon. who had buried two husbands. she was said to have made this boast to a friend: "that though she had got nothing but her title from the family. or a heavy bit of road.for being his colleague in speculation. After a widowhood of some years.
which I have no doubt we shall have many a candidate for before the end even of this season. 13 He sincerely hoped it. We now and then see things differently. the legal heirs of Mr. and those members of the Denham family whom her second husband had hoped to make a good bargain for. Miss Denham. Hollis's death. for she had many thousands a year to bequeath. and still continued to be. Mr. had he the power. must be listened to with caution." said Mr. she had no doubt been long. who must hope to be more indebted to her sense of justice than he had allowed them to be to his. of having been known to her from their childhood and of being always at hand to preserve their interest by reasonable attention. “Notes” 219). The former. nephew to Sir Harry. Literally an "ornamental cottage". but quite uncultivated. the present baronet. Parker had little doubt that he and his sister. and of these three divisions. the latter had the advantage of being the remnant of a connection which she certainly valued." Given that Sir Edward Denham inherited the title from his uncle Sir Harry. She cannot look forward quite as I would have her and takes alarm at a trifling present expense without considering what returns it will make her in a year or two. Similar to a 21 -century "country house" or hunting lodge. Parker did not hesitate to say that Mr. Miss Denham had a very small provision. the cottage ornée was a picturesque retreat for middle-class families that employed rustic decor but retained all the modern conveniences (Drabble. we think differently. would be principally remembered in her will. Edward’s sister is simply "Miss [Esther] Denham". well-attacked." Lady Denham was indeed a great lady beyond the common wants of society. When you see us in contact. you know. had done themselves irremediable harm by expressions of very unwise and unjustifiable resentment at the time of Mr. he does what he can and is running up a tasteful little cottage ornée 14on a strip of waste ground Lady Denham has granted him. and enters into the improvement of Sanditon with a spirit truly admirable. or by branches of them. resided constantly at Denham Park. By all of these. Though now and then. who might very reasonably wish for her original thirty thousand pounds among them. 13 14 st 21 . Hollis's kindred were the least in favor and Sir Harry Denham's the most. Miss Heywood. and her brother was a poor man for his rank in society. you will judge for yourself. he believed. That is. "He is a warm friend to Sanditon. He would be a noble coadjutor! As it is. and three distinct sets of people to be courted by: her own relations. Sir Edward. Parker. who lived with him. Those who tell their own story. Hollis.good natural sense. She has a fine active mind as well as a fine healthy frame for a woman of seventy. a littleness will appear. "and his hand would be as liberal as his heart. and Mr. rather than his father.
Mr. who bid fair by her merits to vie in favor with Sir Edward and to secure for herself and her family that share of the accumulated property which they had certainly the best right to inherit. as she heard her described to be lovely. and learning her situation. After having avoided London for many years.those of the young female relation whom Lady Denham had been induced to receive into her family. amiable.to leave the hotel at all hazards. Parker had considered Sir Edward as standing without a rival. and at the end of three days calling for her bill that she might judge of her state. even liberality . she had been obliged to go there last Michaelmas with the certainty of being detained at least a fortnight. inviting and tormenting her. gentle. She had gone to a hotel. After having always protested against any such addition. Michaelmas was one of four English "quarter days" each year when servants were hired and rents due. poverty and dependence do not want the imagination of a man to operate upon. conducting herself uniformly with great good sense. Heywood’s biannual trips to receive his dividends. who seemed always to have a spy on her. and evidently gaining by her innate worth on the affections of her patroness. 15 th 22 . Mr. she had brought back with her from London last Michaelmas15 a Miss Brereton. woman feels for woman very promptly and compassionately. Parker spoke warmly of Clara Brereton. Its amount was such as determined her on staying not another hour in the house. unassuming. it was solicitude and enjoyment. and the interest of his story increased very much with the introduction of such a character. Lady Denham has presumably traveled to London to conduct business.which he saw in Lady Denham. but there were now another person's claims to be taken into account . the politic and lucky cousins. sweetness. when the cousins. and she was preparing . living by her own account as prudently as possible to defy the reputed expensiveness of such a home. persuaded her to accept such a September 29 .in all the anger and perturbation of her belief in very gross imposition and her ignorance of where to go for better usage . with due exceptions. introduced themselves at this important moment. principally on account of these very cousins who were continually writing. He gave the particulars which had led to Clara's admission at Sanditon as no bad exemplification of that mixture of character . Like Mr. Beauty. and whom she was determined to keep at a distance. Charlotte listened with more than amusement now.Until within the last twelvemonth. as having the fairest chance of succeeding to the greater part of all that she had to give. and long and often enjoyed the repeated defeats she had given to every attempt of her relations to introduce this young lady or that young lady as a companion at Sanditon House.that union of littleness with kindness and good sense.
to all appearance. she had chosen Clara. She was a general favorite. She went. Lady Denham had shown the good part of her character. The influence of her steady conduct and mild.a dependent on poverty . secured a very strong hold in Lady Denham's regard. The prejudices which had met her at first. more helpless and more pitiable of course than any . and one who had been so low in every worldly view as. The invitation was to one. and finally was impelled by a personal knowledge of their narrow income and pecuniary difficulties to invite one of the girls of the family to pass the winter with her. 23 . passing by the actual daughters of the house. with the probability of another being then to take her place. to be the very companion who would guide and soften Lady Denham. The six months had long been over and not a syllable was breathed of any change or exchange. a niece. was delighted with her welcome and the hospitality and attention she received from everybody. found her good cousins the Breretons beyond her expectation worthy people. For. but in selecting the one. Clara had returned with her and by her good sense and merit had now. who would enlarge her mind and open her hand. to have been preparing for a situation little better than a nursery maid. She was as thoroughly amiable as she was lovely. and since having had the advantage of their Sanditon breezes. in some quarters. were all dissipated. with all her natural endowments and powers. She was felt to be worthy of trust. that loveliness was complete.an additional burden on an encumbered circle. gentle temper was felt by everybody.home for the rest of her stay as their humbler house in a very inferior part of London could offer. for six months.
where Mrs. pent down in this little contracted nook.a beautiful spot. It is an honest old place. Parker’s enthusiasm for the latest trends. Waterloo is in reserve. and Hillier keeps it in very good order. 1815) were the decisive British victories in the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). "And such a nice garden such an excellent garden. In a good season we should have more applications than we could attend to. It supplies us. in fact. all the comfort of an excellent kitchen garden without the constant eyesore of its formalities or the yearly nuisance of its decaying vegetation. You will not think I have made a bad exchange when we reach Trafalgar House which bye the bye. a rather better situation! One other hill brings us to Sanditon . as before. Parker. the house where I and all my brothers and sisters were born and bred. but that we may be said to carry with us. wellfenced and planted. and rich in the garden. will give us the command of lodgers. Our ancestors. the house of my forefathers." said Mr. orchard and meadows which are the best embellishments of such a dwelling.for Waterloo is more the thing now. and where my own three eldest children were born. 1805) and Waterloo (June 18 . As the name implies. without air or view.and the name joined to the form of the building.Chapter 4 "AND WHOSE very snug-looking place is this?" said Charlotte as. and without the smallest advantage from it. my love. you know. you know. "This is my old house. Parker and I lived until within the last two years. and I. I am glad you are pleased with it. Here were we." "Yes. in a sheltered dip within two miles of the sea. "It seems to have as many comforts about it as Willingden. to the man who occupies the chief of my land. which always takes. until our new house was finished. they represent Mr. And we have. Who can endure a cabbage bed in October?" The Battles of Trafalgar (October 21 . looking at it through the back window with something like the fondness of regret." "Ah.modern Sanditon .16 However." "It was always a very comfortable house. He gets a better house by it. I have given it up. a crescent is an architectural structure composed of a number of houses arranged in the shape of an arc. always built in a hole. Parker. 16 st th 17 24 . and if we have encouragement enough this year for a little crescent17 to be ventured on (as I trust we shall) then we shall be able to call it Waterloo Crescent ." said Mrs. In "Sanditon". only one mile and three quarters from the noblest expanse of ocean between the South Foreland and Land's End. I almost wish I had not named Trafalgar . with all the fruit and vegetables we want. they passed close by a moderate-sized house.
We have all the grandeur of the storm with less real danger because the wind. and more than enough in the course of a very few years. And you can get a parasol at Whitby's for little Mary at any time. as to gardenstuff. He will do very well beyond a doubt." still looking back. I encouraged him to set up. I must say I would rather them run about in the sunshine than not."Oh dear. meeting with nothing to oppose or confine it around our house. and that old Stringer and his son have a higher claim. just to have a nominal supply. That is. yes. yes. I have not the smallest doubt of our being a great deal better off where we are now. and she did not seem at all aware of the wind being anything more than common. I am sure we agree." "Yes. Oh. If we any of us want to bathe. The growth of my plantations is a general astonishment. nothing is known of the state of the air below the tops of the trees. simply rages and passes on. which do more mischief in a valley when they do arise than an open country ever experiences in the heaviest gale. that poor old Andrew may not lose his daily job . We are quite as well off for gardenstuff as ever we were. which will make her as proud as can be. And I will get Mary a little parasol. at a place where one has been happy. So shady in summer!" "My dear. you were saying that any accidental omission is supplied in a moment by Lady Denham's gardener. while down in this gutter. But it occurs to me that we ought to go elsewhere upon such occasions. that's likely enough. we can always buy what we want at Sanditon House. my dear love." "Yes indeed. to have something or other forgotten most days. and am afraid he does not do very well. for if it is forgot to be brought at any time. when we had been literally rocked in our bed. you know. there has not been time enough yet. But you know. I remember seeing Mrs.but in fact to buy the chief of our consumption from the Stringers. The Hilliers did not seem to feel the storms last winter at all. you know. we shall have shade enough on the hill. And as for the boys. and the inhabitants may be taken totally unawares by one of those dreadful currents. In the meanwhile we have the canvas awning which gives us the most complete comfort within doors. and therefore we must give him what help we can. I am sure we do. When any vegetables or fruit happen to be wanted . we have not a quarter of a mile to go. Hillier after one of those dreadful nights. in wishing our boys to be as hardy as possible. But it was a nice place for the children to run about in. or a large bonnet at Jebb's. my dear. But. The gardener there is glad enough to supply us. But at first it is uphill work.and it will not be amiss to have them often wanted." 25 . "one loves to look at an old friend. How grave she will walk about with it and fancy herself quite a little woman.
He lives too much in the world to be settled. of and to us all. He has always said what he chose. Many a respectable family. which will be a great comfort. Parker. for she is always complaining of old Andrew now and says he never brings her what she wants. it is Sidney. know what effect it might have. with his neat equipage and fashionable air. but the spirit of the day had been caught. the sound of a harp might be heard through the upper casement. the hill might be nearly full.a hill whose side was covered with the woods and enclosures of Sanditon House and whose height ended in an open down where the new buildings might soon be looked for. many a pretty daughter might it secure us to the prejudice of Eastbourne and Hastings. in the little green court of an old farm house. Most families have such a member among them. and farther on. You and I. two females in elegant white were actually to be seen with their books and camp stools. but it was a most valuable proof of the increasing fashion of the place altogether. winding more obliquely towards the sea."Very well. If the village could attract. as Mr. Not that he had any personal concern in the success of the village itself. and two or three of the best of them were smartened up with a white curtain and "Lodgings to Let". A branch only of the valley.now the old house is quite left behind. Sidney says anything." They were now approaching the church and neat village of old Sanditon. 26 . who is a very clever young man and with great powers of pleasing. and formed at its mouth a third habitable division in a small cluster of fishermen's houses. I believe. What is it your brother Sidney says about its being a hospital?" "Oh. In ours. and whose mother would not let them be nearer the shore for fear of their tumbling in. and in turning the corner of the baker's shop. Miss Heywood. There . he had done nothing there. my love. Mary. many a careful mother. that is his only fault. There is someone in most families privileged by superior abilities or spirits to say anything. And cook will be satisfied. that can be easily done. He anticipated an amazing season. He pretends to laugh at my improvements. excepting one family of children who came from London for sea air after the whooping cough. Parker observed with delight to Charlotte. you know. merely a joke of his. I wish we may get him to Sanditon. The original village contained little more than cottages. And it would be a fine thing for the place! Such a young man as Sidney. Such sights and sounds were highly blissful to Mr. which stood at the foot of the hill they were afterwards to ascend . He is here and there and everywhere. He pretends to advise me to make a hospital of it. gave a passage to an inconsiderable stream. my dear Mary. for considering it as too remote from the beach. At the same time last year (late in July) there had not been a single lodger in the village! Nor did he remember any during the whole summer. I should like to have you acquainted with him.
nankin boots were a fashion accessory rather than a practical piece of clothing. on the most elevated spot on the down. and a smaller show of company on the hill . elegant building. look at William Heeley's windows. was a light. Here began the descent to the beach and to the bathing machines. our health-breathing hill. while Charlotte. More bills at the windows than he had calculated on. for our hill.about half-tide now. He had fancied it just the time of day for them to be all returning from their airings to dinner."Civilization. 27 . and nankin boots! 18 Who would have expected such a sight at a shoemaker's in old Sanditon! This is new within the month. Blue shoes. found amusement enough in standing at her ample Venetian window and looking over the 18 19 Cotton-upper boots." In ascending. the modern began. and the nearest to it of every building. civilization indeed!" cried Mr. There was no blue shoe when we passed this way a month ago. having received possession of her apartment. a Bellevue Cottage and a Denham Place were to be looked at by Charlotte with the calmness of amused curiosity. It was the last building of former days in that line of the parish. aspiring to be the Mall of the place. with a broad walk in front. 19 And this was therefore the favorite spot for beauty and fashion. I think I have done something in my day. but the sands and the Terrace always attracted some. Designed to protect modesty in an age of single-sex bathing. Now. bathing machines were small wheeled shacks that allowed the bather to change clothes.fewer carriages. they passed the lodge gates of Sanditon House and saw the top of the house itself among its groves. and exit into the water without being exposed to the general public. delighted. and the tide must be flowing . rising at a little distance behind the Terrace. the hotel and billiard room. a Prospect House. and by Mr. Parker with the eager eye which hoped to see scarcely any empty houses. At Trafalgar House. standing in a small lawn with a very young plantation round it. fewer walkers. His spirits rose with the very sight of the sea and he could almost feel his ankle getting stronger already. about a hundred yards from the brow of a steep but not very lofty cliff. A little higher up. excepting one short row of smart-looking houses called the Terrace. Parker. Trafalgar House. "Look. and in crossing the down. and everywhere out of his house at once. the cliffs. my dear Mary. the travelers were safely set down. at his own house. like blue shoes. and all was happiness and joy between Papa and Mama and their children. In this row were the best milliner's shop and the library a little detached from it. He longed to be on the sands. roll down to the shore. Glorious indeed! Well.
28 . waving linen and tops of houses.miscellaneous foreground of unfinished buildings. to the sea. dancing and sparkling in sunshine and freshness.
Now. Indeed. a very indifferent account. "before I open it.Chapter 5 WHEN THEY MET before dinner. "Not a line from Sidney!" said he. to those who do not thoroughly know them. you will be quite sorry to hear how ill they have been and are. I sent him an account of my accident from Willingden and thought he would have vouchsafed me an answer. Seriously. Parker was looking over letters. Sidney laughs at him. Mary. who lives with them and who is not much above twenty.or very little. They never fail me. They have only weaker constitutions and stronger minds than are often met with. And you must know. But here is a letter from one of my sisters." Having run his eye over the letter. they force themselves on exertions which. I trust it may. Miss Heywood. the most active. for her letters show her exactly as she is. But perhaps it implies that he is coming himself. you know. though Sidney often makes me laugh at them all in spite of myself. as you have heard us say frequently. Women are the only correspondents to be depended on. They have wretched health. "No chance of seeing them at Sanditon I am sorry to say. he shook his head and began." He read: 29 . And I can have no scruple on Diana's account. But it really is not so . friendly. Miss Heywood. I will read Diana's letter aloud. Diana or Arthur would appear by this letter to have been at the point of death within the last month. and are subject to a variety of very serious disorders. I do not believe they know what a day's health is.or rather what would Sidney say if he were here? Sidney is a saucy fellow. A very indifferent account of them indeed." smiling at his wife. Mary. "He is an idle fellow. I know he would be offering odds that either Susan. He is so delicate that he can engage in no profession. and therefore must give a good impression. warm-hearted being in existence. But it really is no joke. And at the same time. either separate or together. I am sorry to say is almost as great an invalid as themselves. if he were here. Mr. he will have it there is a good deal of imagination in my two sisters' complaints. what shall we guess as to the state of health of those it comes from . I like to have my friends acquainted with each other and I am afraid this is the only sort of acquaintance I shall have the means of accomplishing between you. Now. they are such excellent useful women and have so much energy of character that where any good is to be done. But there is really no affectation about them. have an extraordinary appearance. if you will give me leave. And our youngest brother.
spasmodic bile. But how were you treated? Send me more particulars in your next. but conclude his scheme to the Isle of Wight has not taken place or we should have seen him in his way. and being convinced on examination that much of the evil lay in her gum. my dear Tom. But pray never run into peril again in looking for an apothecary on our account. nothing would have been so judicious as friction. As for getting to Sanditon myself. Most sincerely do we wish you a good season at Sanditon. and is decidedly better. I could soon put the necessary irons in the fire. which had so large a share in bringing on your accident. I have heard nothing of Sidney since your being together in town. She can only speak in a whisper and fainted away twice this morning on poor Arthur's trying to suppress a cough. but by the immediate use of friction alone steadily persevered in (and I rubbed his ankle with my own hand for six hours without intermission) he was well in three days. She has been suffering much from the headache. I should have been with you at all hazards the day after the receipt of your letter. friction by the hand alone. I persuaded her to attack the disorder there. it would be no recommendation to us. Sheldon when her coachman sprained his foot as he was cleaning the carriage and could hardly limp into the house. and if you had not described yourself as fallen into such very good hands. the sea air would probably be the death of me."My dear Tom. we are doing our utmost to send you company worth having and think we may safely 30 . is tolerably well though more languid than I like and I fear for his liver. and though we cannot contribute to your beau monde in person. and six leeches a day for ten days together relieved her so little that we thought it right to change our measures. supposing it could be applied instantly. until we are quite convinced that they can do nothing for us and that we must trust to our own knowledge of our own wretched constitutions for any relief. We have entirely done with the whole medical tribe. Two years ago I happened to be calling on Mrs. She has accordingly had three teeth drawn. it is quite an impossibility. But in truth. but her nerves are a good deal deranged. We were all much grieved at your accident. Many thanks. If indeed a simple sprain. and hardly able to crawl from my bed to the sofa. for the kindness with respect to us. though it found me suffering under a more severe attack than usual of my old grievance. and have no doubt of succeeding. I am happy to say. And neither of my dear companions will leave me or I would promote their going down to you for a fortnight. We have consulted physician after physician in vain. He. I grieve to say that I dare not attempt it but my feelings tell me too plainly that. But if you think it advisable for the interest of the place to get a medical man there. as you denominate it. I doubt whether Susan's nerves would be equal to the effort. I will undertake the commission with pleasure. in my present state. for had you the most experienced man in his line settled at Sanditon.
" said Charlotte. but their measures seem to touch on extremes. or academy.frightful! Your sister Diana seems almost as ill as possible. Parker. you perceive how much they are occupied in promoting the good of others! So anxious for Sanditon! Two large families ." "Well." said Mrs. But success more than repays. my love. 2 Denham Place or the end house of the Terrace. "I am astonished at the cheerful style of the letter. but those three teeth of your sister Susan's are more distressing than all the rest. One a rich West Indian from Surrey." "Oh.wheels within wheels. I grant you." "Why to own the truth. I told you my sisters were excellent women." "And I am sure they must be very extraordinary ones. Parker. I will not tell you how many people I have employed in the business . "Though I dare say Sidney might find something extremely entertaining in this letter and make us laugh for half an hour together. my dear Mary. Yours most affectionately . as he finished. you know. the other for No." "Well. I dare say. I feel that in any illness I should be so anxious for professional advice. they are so used to the operation . I declare I by myself can see nothing in it but what is either very pitiable or very creditable. It is bad that he should be fancying himself too sickly for any profession and sit down at one and twenty.etcetera. so very little venturesome for myself or anybody I loved! But then. on the interest of his own little fortune.reckon on securing you two large families. it is unfortunate for poor Arthur that at his time of life he should be encouraged to give way to indisposition. You often think they would be better if they would leave themselves more alone .one for Prospect House probably. And so do you. well. Miss Heywood. the other a most respectable girls' boarding school. from Camberwell. I know you think it a great pity they should give him such a turn for being ill.to every operation . with extra beds at the hotel.and have such fortitude!" "Your sisters know what they are about.and especially Arthur." said Mr. "I do think the Miss Parkers carry it too far sometimes. With all their sufferings. without any idea of attempting to 31 . Three teeth drawn at once . we have been so healthy a family that I can be no judge of what the habit of self-doctoring may do. considering the state in which both sisters appear to be.
" 32 .Morgan with his 'Dinner on table'. But let us talk of pleasanter things. But here is something at hand pleasanter still .improve it or of engaging in any occupation that may be of use to himself or others. These two large families are just what we wanted.
And besides. Miss Mathews. Mathews.. with all her glossy curls and smart trinkets. who was forced to move early and walk for health. the cliffs and the sands.Limehouse.e. Parker could not but feel that the list was not only without distinction but less numerous than he had hoped. reading one of her own novels for want of employment. Miss Scroggs. having added her name to the list as the first offering to the success of the season. Mrs. while Charlotte. whose manners recommended him to everybody. Mr. delighted to see Mr. Sir Edward Denham and Miss Denham. Parker. and they were fully occupied in their various civilities and communications. and Mrs. Mathews. When an elder daughter married. while each of the subsequent daughters is introduced by her first and last name. It was but July. Whitby at the library was sitting in her inner room. Jane Fisher. she is referred to as "Miss Heywood". Parker. Beard . Mrs. Mrs. The shops were deserted. but in general. whose names might be said to lead off the season.N. to wait on her. Dr. however. Grays Inn. Hanking. Here and there might be seen a solitary elderly man. and Charlotte was glad to see as much and as quickly as possible where all was new. when the important business of dinner or of sitting after dinner was going on in almost every inhabited lodging.Chapter 6 THE PARTY were very soon moving after dinner. Brown. Parker could not be satisfied without an early visit to the library and the library subscription book. the rest of the daughters moved up in the order. it was a thorough pause of company. the promised large families from Surrey and Camberwell were an ever-ready consolation. The Lady Denham. So although Charlotte Heywood may not be the oldest Heywood daughter. unmarried). Reverend Mr. Miss E. The social rank of unmarried daughters in this era proceeded in descending order of age. and Mrs. Whitby came forward without delay from her literary recess. Mr. Miss H. For example.Solicitor. Mr. It was emptiness and tranquility on the Terrace. were followed by nothing better than: Mrs. as the oldest "at home" (i. was busy in some immediate purchases for the further good of everybody as soon as Miss Whitby could be hurried down from her toilette. Mathews. The straw hats and pendant lace seemed left to their fate both within the house and without. Captain Little . and Mrs. They were out in the very quietest part of a watering-place day. the eldest daughter is formally "Miss (Last Name)". Lieutenant Smith R. The list of subscribers was but commonplace. Davis and Miss Merryweather. Richard Pratt. Mr. 20 Mr. 20 33 . the two Parker sisters would be introduced as "Miss Parker and Miss Diana Parker". and August and September were the months. Miss Fisher. Miss Brereton.
My early hours are not to put my neighbors to inconvenience. I know you like your tea late. no. "I will not have you hurry your tea on my account. as of a person who valued herself on being free-spoken. We wanted just to see you and make sure of your being really come . 22 She had not Camilla's youth. the Parkers knew that to be pressed into their house and obliged to take her tea with them would suit her best.or rather she reflected that at two and twenty there could be no excuse for her doing otherwise . and with so much good will for Mr. but as they quitted the library they were met by two ladies whose arrival made an alteration necessary: Lady Denham and Miss Brereton. and had no intention of having her distress. repressed further solicitation and paid for what she had bought. We came out with no other thought. with a shrewd eye and self-satisfied air but not an unagreeable countenance. and therefore the stroll on the cliff gave way to an immediate return home. For her particular gratification. And In addition to circulating books. Charlotte was fully consoled for the loss of her walk by finding herself in company with those whom the conversation of the morning had given her a great curiosity to see. of course. Charlotte began to feel that she must check herself . as they entered.The library. Parker to encourage expenditure. She observed them well." said her Ladyship. "No. upright and alert in her motions. it happened to be a volume of Camilla. Miss Clara and I will get back to our own tea. and among so many pretty temptations.a civility and readiness to be acquainted with Charlotte herself and a heartiness of welcome towards her old friends . so she turned from the drawers of rings and brooches. and though Lady Denham was a great deal too active to regard the walk of a mile as anything requiring rest. stout. its improbably unlucky heroine is seventeen years old at the end of the book. afforded everything: all the useless things in the world that could not be done without 21. They had been to Trafalgar House and been directed thence to the library. the Regency-era library also sold gift-shop items and tickets to social events (Drabble.which was inspiring the good will she seemed to feel.and that it would not do for her to be spending all her money the very first evening. 21 22 34 . No. and talked of going home again directly. Lady Denham was of middle height. and though her manner was rather downright and abrupt. there was a good humor and cordiality about her . Parker's orders to the servant. "Notes" 219). they were then to take a turn on the cliff. no." She went on however towards Trafalgar House and took possession of the drawing room very quietly without seeming to hear a word of Mrs. Frances Burney’s Camilla (1796) was a popular romantic novel of the era. She took up a book.but we get back to our own tea. to bring tea directly.
than her coadjutor. 23 During this period." said her Ladyship. Parker's praise that Charlotte thought she had never beheld a more lovely or more interesting young woman. It was evident that Lady Denham had more anxiety. Whitby's shelves. but not at all unreasonably influenced by them. than West Indians 23. That sounds well. Perhaps it might be partly owing to her having just issued from a circulating library but she could not separate the idea of a complete heroine from Clara Brereton. regularly handsome. Elegantly tall. with great delicacy of complexion and soft blue eyes. and while she pleased herself the first five minutes with fancying the persecution which ought to be the lot of the interesting Clara. Miss Diana Parker's two large families were not forgotten." observed Mr. she found no reluctance to admit from subsequent observation that they appeared to be on very comfortable terms. according to Drabble." "No people spend more freely. on the other grateful and affectionate respect. the term "West Indian" could refer to both the indigenous population and the European settlers. Parker. She could see nothing worse in Lady Denham than the sort of old-fashioned formality of always calling her Miss Clara. The conversation turned entirely upon Sanditon. No. a sweetly modest and yet naturally graceful address. her appearance so completely justified Mr. especially in the form of the most barbarous conduct on Lady Denham's side. I believe. its present number of visitants and the chances of a good season. more fears of loss. "Very good. Her situation with Lady Denham was so very much in favor of it! She seemed placed with her on purpose to be ill-used. sufficiently well-read in novels to supply her imagination with amusement. 35 . Charlotte could see in her only the most perfect representation of whatever heroine might be most beautiful and bewitching in all the numerous volumes they had left behind on Mrs.as for Miss Brereton. Such poverty and dependence joined to such beauty and merit seemed to leave no choice in the business. These feelings were not the result of any spirit of romance in Charlotte herself. very good. She wanted to have the place fill faster and seemed to have many harassing apprehensions of the lodgings being in some instances underlet. she was a very sober-minded young lady. the group is "clearly" referring to a wealthy settler family ("Notes" 220). On one side it seemed protecting kindness. "A West Indian family and a school. That will bring money. nor anything objectionable in the degree of observance and attention which Clara paid.
Parker." Poor Mr. Well. who knows but some may be consumptive and want asses' milk. a French boarding school. Mr. and if it was not for what I owe to poor Mr. I am not a woman of parade as all the world knows. maybe. though you may not happen to have quite such a servants' hall to feed as I have."Aye. Mr. you deserved it. and in proportion to their profit must be ours eventually in the increased value of our houses. There is the sea and the downs and my milch asses. And I have heard that's very much the case with your West Indians. Parker got no more credit from Lady Denham than he had from his sisters for the object which had taken him to Willingden." she cried. Oh! Pray. Yes. And I shall keep it down as long as I can. that young lady smiles. and because they have full purses fancy themselves equal. But I should not like to have butcher's meat raised. And if they come among us to raise the price of our necessaries of life. our rents must be insecure. you will be thinking of the price of butcher's meat in time. And out of such a number." "My dear Madam. let us have none of the tribe at Sanditon. If they do not gain. depend upon it. and the other is a boarding school. I dare say she thinks me an odd sort of creature. Hollis's memory. But perhaps the little misses may hurt the furniture. I should never keep up Sanditon House as I do. Whitby that if 36 . But then. We go on very well as we are." "Oh! Well. They'll stay their six weeks. And I do believe those are best off that have fewest servants. to your old country families. but upon my word. is it? No harm in that. what should we do with a doctor here? It would be only encouraging our servants and the poor to fancy themselves ill if there was a doctor at hand. I hope they will have a good sharp governess to look after them. yes. Parker. "How could you think of such a thing? I am very sorry you met with your accident. Aye. And I have told Mrs. my dear. Going after a doctor! Why. we shall not much thank them. and I have two milch asses at this present time. "Lord! My dear sir. Our butchers and bakers and traders in general cannot get rich without bringing prosperity to us. though. they can only raise the price of consumable articles by such an extraordinary demand for them and such a diffusion of money among us as must do us more good than harm. they who scatter their money so freely never think of whether they may not be doing mischief by raising the price of things. but she will come to care about such matters herself in time. I see. so I have heard. It is not for my own pleasure.
Hollis's chamber-horse. they may be supplied at a fair rate . one after another. And I verily believe if my poor dear Sir Harry had never seen one neither. Parker.poor Mr. my dear Mrs. Ten fees. you should not indeed . Parker.and never saw the face of a doctor in all my life on my own account.and what can people want for more? Here have I lived seventy good years in the world and never took physic above twice . I believe Miss Clara and I must stay. resembling a regular chair with its seat replaced by a sideways accordion for bouncing. as good as new .britishpathe. "Oh.com/video/wooden-bygones# (1:14). he would have been alive now. But since you are so very neighborly." The tea things were brought in. did the man take who sent him out of the world.why would you do so? I was just upon the point of wishing you good evening. somewhat like an exercise ball. I beseech you Mr. no doctors here." The chamber-horse was an early exercise machine.anybody inquires for a chamber-horse24. 24 37 . A chamber-horse can be seen in action at http://www.
Chapter 7 THE POPULARITY of the Parkers brought them some visitors the very next morning. and who was immediately gnawed by the want of a handsomer equipage than the simple gig 25 in which they travelled. She liked him. Miss Denham was a fine young woman. and which their groom was leading about still in her sight. which altogether gave a hasty turn to Charlotte's fancy.with an anxious glance after them as they proceeded . talked much . cured her of her half-hour's fever. Charlotte and Sir Edward as they sat could not but observe Lady Denham and Miss Brereton walking by. For a lady of Miss Denham's class. by whom he chanced to be placed . Sir Edward Denham and his sister who having been at Sanditon House. two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse.and very much to Charlotte. which would arise from his evidently disregarding his sister's motion to go. and the duty of letter writing being accomplished. but for walking on together to the Terrace.followed by an early proposal to his sister. 38 . giving the idea of one who felt her consequence with pride and her poverty with discontent. a most pleasing gentleness of voice and a great deal of conversation.certainly handsome. not merely for moving. If there are young ladies in the world at her time of life more dull of fancy and more careless of pleasing. Charlotte was settled with Mrs. The Denhams were the only ones to excite particular attention. drove on to pay their compliments. from the low French windows of the drawing room which commanded the road and all the paths across the down. Sir Edward was much her superior in air and manner . and there was instantly a slight change in Sir Edward's countenance . but cold and reserved. among them. He came into the room remarkably well. but yet more to be remarked for his very good address and wish of paying attention and giving pleasure. Sober-minded as she was. the better half at least (for while single.and she soon perceived that he had a fine countenance. the single horse carriage would be an embarrassing reminder of her relative poverty. the gentleman may sometimes be thought the better half of the pair) not unworthy of notice. and found them. I know them not and never wish to know them. of how agreeable he had 25 A gig is a small. Charlotte was glad to complete her knowledge of the family by an introduction to them. At last. and persisting in his station and his discourse. Parker in the drawing room in time to see them all. and placed her in a more capable state of judging. when Sir Edward was gone. I make no apologies for my heroine's vanity. she thought him agreeable and did not quarrel with the suspicion of his finding her equally so.
"Scott's beautiful lines on the sea? Oh! What a description they convey! They are never out of my thoughts when I walk here. That 39 . listening and talking with smiling attention or solicitous eagerness. they found the united Denham party. just as satire or morality might prevail. The first object of the Parkers. seated on one of the two green benches by the gravel walk. Parker's drawing room. and she could not but think him a man of feeling. when their house was cleared of morning visitors. its mariners tempting it in sunshine and overwhelmed by the sudden tempest . its quick vicissitudes. The difference in Miss Denham's countenance. The terrific grandeur of the ocean in a storm." She was very soon in his company again. but she was inclined to think not very favorably. until he began to stagger her by the number of his quotations and the bewilderment of some of his sentences." said he. "Perhaps there was a good deal in his air and address. Charlotte's first glance told her that Sir Edward's air was that of a lover. and Sir Edward and Miss Brereton at the other. to talk of the sea and the seashore. was to get out themselves. was very striking . rather commonplace perhaps. to Miss Denham at Lady Denham's elbow. for though sitting thus apart with him (which probably she might not have been able to prevent) her air was calm and grave. but doing very well from the lips of a handsome Sir Edward. "Do you remember. Everybody who walked must begin with the Terrace. He began. he seemed to mean to detach her as much as possible from the rest of the party and to give her the whole of his conversation. Miss Denham's character was pretty well decided with Charlotte. its gulls and its samphire and the deep fathoms of its abysses. and his title did him no harm. and by addressing his attentions entirely to herself. There could be no doubt of his devotion to Clara. to be kept from silence by the efforts of others. The Terrace was the attraction to all. Stationing himself close by her. How Clara received it was less obvious. and ran with energy through all the usual phrases employed in praise of their sublimity and descriptive of the indescribable emotions they excite in the mind of sensibility. in a tone of great taste and feeling.actually been. He surprised her by quitting Clara immediately on their all joining and agreeing to walk. That the young lady at the other end of the bench was doing penance was indubitable. Sir Edward's required longer observation. very distinctly divided again: the two superior ladies being at one end of the bench.and very amusing or very melancholy. its direful deceptions. and there. its glass surface in a calm.all were eagerly and fluently touched. but though united in the gross. the change from Miss Denham sitting in cold grandeur in Mrs.
28 Can you conceive anything more subduing. more melting. Sometimes indeed a flash of feeling seems to irradiate him. that unequalled. descriptive . If Scott has a fault. 40 . William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Thomas Campbell (1777-1844). of the sea. Woman in our hours of ease Delicious! Delicious! Had he written nothing more." 26 27 28 Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was at this point more famous for his poetry than his novels. Tender. his spirit truly breathed the immortal incense which is her due.'Oh.man who can read them unmoved must have the nerves of an assassin! Heaven defend me from meeting such a man unarmed. more fraught with the deep sublime than that line? But Burns ." "What description do you mean?" said Charlotte." "Do you not indeed? Nor can I exactly recall the beginning at this moment. His soul was the altar in which lovely woman sat enshrined. Sir Edward quotes from "Marmion" (1808) and "The Lady of the Lake" (1810). who died in October 1786. Robert Burns (1759-1796) dedicated several poems to his lover and probable troth-plight Mary Campbell. But you cannot have forgotten his description of woman — Oh. what think you. it was Burns. Wordsworth has the true soul of it.but tame. few and far between. And then again. as in the lines we were speaking of . "I remember none at this moment. The man who cannot do justice to the attributes of woman is my contempt. Miss Heywood. several months after the start of their affair. Given that the subject is emotive poets of the era. "Montgomery". 26 But while we are on the subject of poetry. Miss Heywood. unrivalled address to parental affection Some feelings are to mortals given With less of earth in them than heaven.I confess my sense of his preeminence. "Wordsworth" and "Campbell" probably refer to James Montgomery (1771-1854). Woman in our hours of ease' . Montgomery has all the fire of poetry. he would have been immortal. etcetera. of Burns’ lines to his Mary? Oh! There is pathos to madden one! 27 If ever there was a man who felt. Campbell in his pleasures of hope has touched the extreme of our sensations Like angels' visits. it is the want of passion.but Burns is always on fire. in either of Scott's poems. elegant.
The others all left them." "Happy. and they united their agreeableness. no. The coruscations of talent. His choosing to walk with her. she had learnt to understand." 29 "Oh! No. "nor can any woman be a fair judge of what a man may be propelled to say. The future might explain him further. "But I am not poetic enough to separate a man's poetry entirely from his character. I fancy. He felt and he wrote and he forgot. I have not faith in the sincerity of the affections of a man of his description. was unintelligible. "He was all ardor and truth! His genius and his susceptibilities might lead him into some aberrations . and talked a good deal by rote. unless he could do no better. are perhaps incompatible with some of the prosaic decencies of life. and Charlotte listened."I have read several of Burns' poems with great delight. write or do by the sovereign impulses of illimitable ardor. she presumed. she gravely answered. The wind. not including Mary Campbell who is believed to have been pregnant with his child at her death. had not a very clear brain. and very much addicted to all the newest-fashioned hard words." This was very fine . and poor Burns' known irregularities greatly interrupt my enjoyment of his lines. must be southerly. and being moreover by no means pleased with his extraordinary style of compliment. Sir Edward with looks of very gallant despair in tearing himself away. Lady Denham. But when there was a proposition for going into the library.but who is perfect? It were hypercriticism. loveliest Miss Heywood. elicited by impassioned feeling in the breast of man. He seemed very sentimental." speaking with an air of deep sentiment. nor can you.but if Charlotte understood it at all. happy wind. like a true great lady. but why he should talk so much nonsense." said Charlotte as soon as she had time to speak. that is. This is a charming day. "I really know nothing of the matter. It was done to pique Miss Brereton. not very moral. very full of some feeling or other. she felt that she had had quite enough of Sir Edward for one morning and very gladly accepted Lady Denham's invitation of remaining on the Terrace with her. 41 ." exclaimed Sir Edward in an ecstasy. talked and talked only of her own concerns. I have difficulty in depending on the truth of his feelings as a lover. to engage Miss Heywood's thoughts!" She began to think him downright silly. in an anxious glance or two on his side. 29 Between 1785-1796. She had read it. Robert Burns had 12 children by three women. it were pseudo-philosophy to expect from the soul of high-toned genius the grovelings of a common mind.
my dear. absolutely forced to affect admiration. "He did not bequeath it to his nephew. I am not the woman to help anybody blindfold. Taking hold of Charlotte's arm with the ease of one who felt that any notice from her was an honor. thought at first to have got more. they would not be so much in my company. I gave Sir Edward his gold watch. but it need not have been binding if I had not chose it. and communicative from the influence of the same conscious importance or a natural love of talking. and he is the heir. my dear. and seeing no rapturous astonishment in Charlotte's countenance. It was no bequest. my dear. My young folks. But I shan't. he needs it bad enough. and that but once. between ourselves. about this time. things do not stand 42 . my dear. For though I am only the dowager. as I did last summer. and very delighted and thankful they were."Sir Edward and Miss Denham?" "Yes. "Miss Esther wants me to invite her and her brother to spend a week with me at Sanditon House. Nobody could live happier together than us . I had them with me last summer. And when he died. I would not have you think that I only notice them for poor dear Sir Harry's sake. my dear. with a bit of a sigh. I do not think I was ever overreached in my life. No. She has been trying to get round me every way with her praise of this and her praise of that. I saw through it all. Certainly there was no strain of doubtful sentiment nor any phrase of difficult interpretation in Lady Denham's discourse. no. as I call them sometimes. he is gone. And poor young man. "Yes. added quickly. my dear. I always take care to know what I am about and who I have to deal with before I stir a finger. they are very deserving themselves or. But. from Monday to Monday. I am not very easily taken in.amused in considering the contrast between her two companions. and it is not the only kind thing I have done by him. but I saw what she was about." "Very kind indeed! Very handsome!" said Charlotte. she immediately said in a tone of great satisfaction and with a look of arch sagacity.and he was a very honorable man. I have been a very liberal friend to Sir Edward. that he should wish his nephew to have his watch. Poor dear Sir Harry. For they are very good young people. and we must not find fault with the dead. for a week. quite the gentleman of ancient family. It was not in the will. for I take them very much by the hand. And that is a good deal for a woman to say that has been married twice. trust me." Charlotte could think of nothing more harmless to be said than the simple inquiry of . He only told me." She said this with a look at her companion which implied its right to produce a great impression.
He don't stand uppermost. yes. but no property." This glorious sentiment seemed quite to remove suspicion.between us in the way they commonly do between those two parties. particularly elegant in his address. He and I often talk that matter over. And it is to be hoped that some lady of large fortune will think so. 30 And what good can such people do anybody? Except just as they take our empty houses and. as soon as she got well. or widows with only a jointure. or lawyers from town." cried Lady Denham." This was said chiefly for the sake of saying something. It is I that help him. he is very well to look at. it is not one in a hundred of them that have any real property. since Sanditon has been a public place. Sir Edward has no payments to make me. A handsome young fellow like him will go smirking and smiling about and paying girls compliments.and if she was ordered to drink asses' milk I could supply her . young ladies that have no money are very much to be pitied! But. but he knows he must marry for money. landed or funded. "And if we could but get a young heiress to Sanditon! But heiresses are monstrous scarce! I do not think we have had an heiress here. "with such personal advantages may be almost sure of getting a woman of fortune. between ourselves.and. And Sir Edward is a very steady young man in the main and has got very good notions. I think they are great fools for not staying at home. Clergymen maybe. None of these people would be part of the landholding class. she will find herself mistaken." after a short pause. Not a shilling do I receive from the Denham estate. Ah. or half-pay officers. if he chooses it." "Indeed! He is a very fine young man. have her fall in love with Sir Edward!" "That would be very fortunate indeed. A jointure is the legal provision made for a wife after her husband’s death. 30 43 ." "And Miss Esther must marry somebody of fortune too. "Aye my dear. but Charlotte directly saw that it was laying her open to suspicion by Lady Denham's giving a shrewd glance at her and replying." said Charlotte. Now if we could get a young heiress to be sent here for her health . believe me. for Sir Edward must marry for money. as far as I can learn. Matters are altered with me A half-pay officer is one who is retired or not in active service. or even a co-." "Sir Edward Denham. An income perhaps. "Yes. that's very sensibly said. "if Miss Esther thinks to talk me into inviting them to come and stay at Sanditon House. She must get a rich husband. Families come after families but.
And so. very fit for a young gentleman and his sister. Poor Miss Brereton! And she makes everybody mean about her.since last summer. Mr. the next time Miss Esther begins talking about the dampness of Denham Park and the good bathing always does her. No fewer than three lodging papers staring me in the face at this very moment. Eight. but it was followed only by. His judgment is evidently not to be trusted. why don't they take lodgings? Here are a great many empty houses . I should not choose to have my two housemaids' time taken up all the morning in dusting out bedrooms. Parker spoke too mildly of her." Charlotte's feelings were divided between amusement and indignation. But she is very.but they are obliged to be mean in their servility to her. but either of the two others are nice little snug houses. "I have no fancy for having my house as full as a hotel. but indignation had the larger and the increasing share." She spoke this so seriously that Charlotte instantly saw in it the evidence of real penetration and prepared for some fuller remarks. Charlotte was not prepared. very mean. Four and Eight. I can see no good in her. He is too kind-hearted to see clearly. you know. "And besides all this. Don't you think that will be very fair? Charity begins at home. in giving her my 44 . may be too large for them. She found it so impossible even to affect sympathy that she could say nothing. I have Miss Clara with me now which makes a great difference. he fancies she feels like him in others. Lady Denham soon added. I must judge for myself. His own good nature misleads him. I shall advise them to come and take one of these lodgings for a fortnight. my dear. and only conscious that Lady Denham was still talking on in the same way.how far nature meant them to be respectable I cannot tell . They have Miss Clara's room to put to rights as well as my own every day. they would want higher wages. am I to be filling my house to the prejudice of Sanditon? If people want to be by the sea. And I am mean. with great glee. I had not expected anything so bad. She kept her countenance and she kept a civil silence. the corner house. He has persuaded her to engage in the same speculation. but without attempting to listen longer. And their very connection prejudices him. my dear. She could not carry her forbearance farther. This poor Sir Edward and his sister . Numbers Three. If they had hard places. allowed her thoughts to form themselves into such a meditation as this: "She is thoroughly mean. and because their object in that line is the same." For objections of this nature. you know. too.three on this very Terrace.
attention with the appearance of coinciding with her. when rich people are sordid. Thus it is." 45 .
It would be pseudo-philosophy to assert that we do not feel more enwrapped by the brilliancy of his career than by the tranquil and morbid virtues of any opposing character. I am sure?" "I am not quite certain that I do. Our approbation of the latter is but eleemosynary. as they issued from the library.Chapter 8 THE TWO LADIES continued walking together until rejoined by the others." said Charlotte." "Most willingly. I hope I may say." "If I understand you aright. You understand me. such as exhibit the progress of strong passion from the first germ of incipient susceptibility to the utmost energies of reason half-dethroned.it leaves us full of generous emotions for him. I dare say it will give me a clearer idea. we distill nothing which can add to science. unbounded views. illimitable ardor. to be conversant with them. and it cannot impugn the sense or be any dereliction of the character of the most anti-puerile man. We have many leisure hours and read a great deal. "You may perceive what has been our occupation. You will never hear me advocating those puerile emanations which detail nothing but discordant principles incapable of amalgamation. or those vapid tissues of ordinary occurrences from which no useful deductions can be drawn. Such are the works which I peruse with delight and. And even when the event is mainly anti-prosperous to the high-toned machinations of the prime character . dare all. achieve all to obtain her. My sister wanted my counsel in the selection of some books." 46 . pervading hero of the story . The novels which I approve are such as display human nature with grandeur. were followed by a young Whitby running off with five volumes under his arm to Sir Edward's gig. "our taste in novels is not at all the same. fair questioner. indomitable decision. where we see the strong spark of woman's captivations elicit such fire in the soul of man as leads him .the potent. with amelioration. These are the novels which enlarge the primitive capabilities of the heart. In vain may we put them into a literary alembic. They hold forth the most splendid portraitures of high conceptions. approaching Charlotte. who. But if you will describe the sort of novels of which you do approve. and Sir Edward. said. such as show her in the sublimities of intense feeling.though at the risk of some aberration from the strict line of primitive obligations to hazard all. our hearts are paralyzed. I am no indiscriminate novel reader. The mere trash of the common circulating library I hold in the highest contempt.
Robert Lovelace is the villain of Richardson’s book Clarissa. With him such conduct was genius. Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748). With such personal advantages as he knew himself to possess. the spirit. he gathered only hard words and involved sentences from the style of our most approved writers. and with the same ill-luck which made him derive only false principles from lessons of morality. 31 And such authors as had since appeared to tread in Richardson's steps (so far as man's determined pursuit of woman in defiance of every opposition of feeling and convenience was concerned) had since occupied the greater part of his literary hours. But it was Clara alone on whom he had serious designs. and imprisons the heroine for months. Though he owed many of his ideas to this sort of reading. His fancy had been early caught by all the impassioned and most exceptionable parts of Richardson's. quite in the line of the Lovelaces. the sagacity and the perseverance of the villain of the story out-weighed all his absurdities and all his atrocities with Sir Edward. he thought. and such talents as he did also give himself credit for. he regarded it as his duty. All three novels center on the abduction of a poor but virtuous young woman by a witty. Virtue Rewarded (1740). With a perversity of judgment which must be attributed to his not having by nature a very strong head. was but the inferior part of the character he had to play. Sir Edward's great object in life was to be seductive. he kidnaps. to make fine speeches to every pretty girl.And here they were obliged to part. Miss Denham being much too tired of them all to stay any longer. than could ever have been contemplated by the authors. letters. whom circumstances had confined very much to one spot. the graces. had read more sentimental novels than agreed with him. He read all the essays. and formed his character. drugs. or any other young woman with any pretensions to beauty. The truth was that Sir Edward. and incentives to vice from the history of its overthrow. 32 The very name of Sir Edward. tours and criticisms of the day. and The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753). supposedly out of an uncontrollable passion. upper-class rake. rapes. To be generally gallant and assiduous about the fair. Miss Heywood. It interested and inflamed him. He felt that he was formed to be a dangerous man. he was entitled (according to his own views of society) to approach with high compliment and rhapsody on the slightest acquaintance. And he was always more anxious for its success. Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) wrote three popular epistolary novels: Pamela: Or. fire and feeling. and mourned over its discomfitures with more tenderness. 31 32 47 . it would be unjust to say that he read nothing else or that his language was not formed on a more general knowledge of modern literature. it was Clara whom he meant to seduce. carried some degree of fascination with it.
but she bore with him patiently enough to confirm the sort of attachment which her personal charms had raised. Her situation in every way called for it. he must carry her off. lovely and dependent. If she could not be won by affection. to exceed those who had gone before him. He knew his business. A greater degree of discouragement indeed would not have affected Sir Edward. Clara saw through him and had not the least intention of being seduced. he must naturally wish to strike out something new. 48 . He was armed against the highest pitch of disdain or aversion. He had very early seen the necessity of the case. and prudence obliged him to prefer the quietest sort of ruin and disgrace for the object of his affections to the more renowned. But the expense (alas!) of measures in that masterly style was illsuited to his purse. If he were constrained so to act. and had now been long trying with cautious assiduity to make an impression on her heart and to undermine her principles.Her seduction was quite determined on. and he felt a strong curiosity to ascertain whether the neighborhood of Timbuktu might not afford some solitary house adapted for Clara's reception. she was young. She was his rival in Lady Denham's favor. Already had he had many musings on the subject.
Parker. Nothing could be kinder than her reception from both husband and wife. How did she come? And with whom? And they were so glad to find her equal to the journey! And that she was to belong to them was taken as a matter of course.Chapter 9 ONE DAY. 49 . The ease of the lady. Parker into the hall to welcome the sister he had seen from the drawing room. But the stranger's pace did not allow this to be accomplished. they were just equally ready for entering the house. Morgan?" and Morgan's looks on seeing her were a moment's astonishment. just as she ascended from the sands to the Terrace. though with more decision and less mildness in her tone. of middling height and slender. Miss Diana Parker was about four and thirty. and when the servant appeared. Thanking them for their invitation but "that was quite out of the question for they were all three come and meant to get into lodgings and make some stay. but another moment brought Mr. But she had not reached the little lawn when she saw a lady walking nimbly behind her at no great distance. with an agreeable face and a very animated eye. some respectable family determined on a long residence. her manners resembling her brother's in their ease and frankness. There was a great deal of surprise but still more pleasure in seeing her. a gentleman's carriage with post horses standing at the door of the hotel. as very lately arrived and by the quantity of luggage being taken off bringing. 33 She began an account of herself without delay. it might be hoped. and Charlotte was soon introduced to Miss Diana Parker. and Mrs." "All three come! What! Susan and Arthur! Susan able to come too! This is better and better. she resolved to hurry on and get into the house if possible before her. her "How do you do. she proceeded to Trafalgar House with as much alacrity as could remain after having contended for the last two hours with a very fine wind blowing directly on shore. Delighted to have such good news for Mr. who had both gone home some time before. and convinced that it could be no acquaintance of her own. soon after Charlotte's arrival at Sanditon she had the pleasure of seeing." 33 The introduction of Diana as "Miss Diana Parker" indicates that she is the younger Parker sister. delicate-looking rather than sickly. Charlotte was on the steps and had rung but the door was not open when the other crossed the lawn.
the particular friend of my very particular friend Fanny Noyce.nearly over by the time we reached your hotel . Parker drew his chair still nearer to his sister and took her hand again most affectionately as he answered. but there is so much wind that I did not think he could safely venture for I am sure there is lumbago hanging about him. wanted something private. And as for poor Arthur. You shall hear all about it. "Yes. Cite unavoidable. how active and how kind you have been!" "The West Indians. And when I left her she was directing the disposal of the luggage and helping old Sam uncord the trunks. Griffiths herself.and the attack was not very violent . I am so glad to see you walk so well. Griffiths and her family. we are actually all come. and so I helped him on with his great coat and sent him off to the Terrace to take us lodgings. Miss Capper is extremely intimate with a Mrs. Now. you see. You must have heard me mention Miss Capper. Let me feel your ankle. Mrs. I told you in my letter of the two considerable families I was hoping to secure for you. barely perceptible. Darling. I knew Miss Heywood the moment I saw her before me on the down. Nothing else to be done. I know them only through others." she continued." Here Mr. send for the children . "whom I look upon as the most desirable of the two.so that we got her out of the carriage extremely well with only Mr. and as this is not so common with her as with me. But my dear Mary. 50 . Miss Heywood must have seen our carriage standing at the hotel.I long to see them. all right and clean. Woodcock's assistance. now for the explanation of my being here. The play of your sinews a very little affected. Griffiths meant to go to the sea for her young peoples' benefit. She had not a wink of sleep either the night before we set out or last night at Chichester. prove to be a Mrs." "And how has Susan borne the journey? And how is Arthur? And why do we not see him here with you?" "Susan has borne it wonderfully. between us. I have had a thousand fears for her. he would not have been unwilling himself. had fixed on the coast of Sussex but was undecided as to the where. and not a link wanting. Well. She desired her best love with a thousand regrets at being so poor a creature that she could not come with me. yes. the West Indians and the seminary. But she has kept up wonderfully . My dear Tom.no hysterics of consequence until we came within sight of poor old Sanditon ."Yes. That's right. Only a short chain. as the best of the good. and wrote to ask the opinion of her friend Mrs. who is on terms of constant correspondence with Mrs.
you are unequalled in serving your friends and doing good to all the world. I know nobody like you. Griffiths had expressed herself in a letter to Mrs. whether to offer to write to you or to Mrs. left Chichester at the same hour today . instantly took up her pen and forwarded the circumstance to me . perfectly. Miss Capper happened to be staying with Mrs. What was to be done? I had a few moments' indecision.probably a niece . "Diana. Parker. and no means of ascertaining that she should have good accommodations on arriving there." "Excellent! Excellent!" cried Mr. and she was particularly careful and scrupulous on all those matters more on account of a certain Miss Lambe. Miss Lambe has an immense fortune richer than all the rest . who by a letter from Mrs.yes. I had the pleasure of hearing soon afterwards by the same simple link of connection that Sanditon had been recommended by Mrs. Fanny had feared your having no house large enough to receive such a family. Whitby to secure them a house. I sounded Susan. One sees clearly enough by all this the sort of woman Mrs. and that the West Indians were very much disposed to go thither. I hate to employ others when I am equal to act myself. But two days ago .and here we are.Darling.I heard again from Fanny Noyce. Mary. a young lady . and my conscience told me that this was an occasion which called for me. You see how it was all managed. the day before yesterday . and Fanny. Here was a family of helpless invalids whom I might essentially serve. There was but one thing for me to do. Darling understood that Mrs. and now. Darling when Mrs. saying that she had heard from Miss Capper. But I seem to be spinning out my story to an endless length. But we are not born to equal energy. perfectly.under her care than on her own account or her daughters'. we were off yesterday morning at six. Darling. what house do you design to engage for them? What is the size of their family?" 51 . Griffiths' letter arrived and was consulted on the question. my love. She wrote the same day to Fanny Noyce and mentioned it to her. I answered Fanny's letter by the same post and pressed for the recommendation of Sanditon." "Oh. but neither pleased me. Am I clear? I would be anything rather than not clear. which have but lately transpired. Griffiths must be: as helpless and indolent as wealth and a hot climate are apt to make us.and very delicate health. This was the state of the case when I wrote to you. Our plan was arranged immediately. The same thought had occurred to her. is not she a wonderful creature? Well. all alive for us.except as to names. Darling more doubtingly on the subject of Sanditon. Well?" "The reason of this hesitation was her having no connections in the place. Arthur made no difficulties.
but I am very sure that the largest house at Sanditon cannot be too large. "because these are very great exertions. And as long as we can exert ourselves to be of use to others. we are sent into this world to be as extensively useful as possible.or incline us to excuse ourselves. and where some degree of strength of mind is given. my dear Tom. never heard any particulars. Parker warmly offered his assistance in taking the house for Mrs." said she. I have been perfectly well." replied his sister. and it is the bounden duty of the capable to let no opportunity of being useful escape them. And that being absolutely negative. "No. but a civil answer was easy. They are more likely to want a second. I astonish you." The entrance of the children ended this little panegyric on her own disposition. I shall take only one. No. between those who can act and those who cannot. The world is pretty much divided between the weak of mind and the strong. "have not the least idea." said he. and that but for a week certain. My sister's complaints and mine are happily not often of a nature to threaten existence immediately. and after having noticed and caressed them all. "I will come to you the moment I have dined. You hardly know what to make of me. Our 52 . I see by the position of your foot that you have used it too much already. however. I am convinced that the body is the better for the refreshment the mind receives in doing its duty. I trust there are not three people in England who have so sad a right to that appellation! But my dear Miss Heywood. she prepared to go. While I have been travelling with this object in view. it was. it is not a feeble body which will excuse us . Griffiths. I see by your looks that you are not used to such quick measures. upon no account in the world shall you stir a step on any business of mine. "And when shall we see you again? And how can we be of use to you?" And Mr. I shall go about my house-taking directly."I do not at all know. "I dare say I do look surprised." But this was immediately declined. Your ankle wants rest. "and we will go about together. and I know what invalids both you and your sister are." The words "unaccountable officiousness!" "activity run mad!" had just passed through Charlotte's mind." "Invalids indeed. "Cannot you dine with us? Is not it possible to prevail on you to dine with us?" was then the cry. Miss Heywood.
Charles Dupuis managed it all. But as for Arthur. "for dinner is such a mere name with you all that it can do you no good. Parker. " make yourself sick". which have done wonders. Without my appearing however . Charles Dupuis which assured me of Camberwell. It is now only half past four. and probably the moment dinner is over shall be out again on business relative to them. Mrs.e. "The Camberwell seminary. I have been taking some bitters of my own decocting. but as soon as I get back I shall hear what Arthur has done about our own lodgings. Literally " beautiful writing". who actually attends the seminary and gives lessons on eloquence and belles lettres 35 to some of the girls." "My appetite is very much mended." "I think you are doing too much. for we hope to get into some lodgings or other and be settled after breakfast tomorrow.Mrs. Parker as he walked with her to the door of the house. As to seeing me again today. and very soon. lately." said Mr. I got this man a hare from one of Sidney's friends. But I had a letter three days ago from my friend Mrs. 34 You should not move again after dinner. "You will knock yourself up." "But you have not told me anything of the other family coming to Sanditon. I know what your appetites are. 53 ." "No. certain. indeed you should not. he is only too much disposed for food." 34 35 I. I have not much confidence in poor Arthur's skill for lodging-taking. The others will be at the hotel all the evening and delighted to see you at any time. and just at present I shall want nothing. Have we a good chance of them?" "Oh.dinner is not ordered until six. can travel and choose for herself. and he recommended Sanditon. who has a relation lately settled at Clapham. Charles Dupuis lives almost next door to a lady. We are often obliged to check him. Quite certain. I never eat for about a week after a journey. Susan never eats. but he seemed to like the commission. Griffiths. I will tell you how I got at her. belles lettres was the written counterpart to "eloquence" and one of the key accomplishments of well-bred young ladies. I grant you. I cannot answer for it." cried his wife. Camberwell will be here to a certainty. and by that time I hope to have completed it." said Mr. I assure you. I had forgotten them for the moment.not being so wealthy and independent as Mrs. That good woman .I do not know her name .
They were in one of the Terrace houses. but a spirit of restless activity and the glory of doing more than anybody else had their share in every exertion of benevolence. The Parkers were no doubt a family of imagination and quick feelings. Disorders and recoveries so very much out of the common way seemed more like the amusement of eager minds in want of employment than of actual afflictions and relief. the rest of their sufferings was from fancy. remembering the three teeth drawn in one day. and while the eldest brother found vent for his superfluity of sensation as a projector. in fact. but Charlotte had only two or three views of Miss Diana posting over the down after a house for this lady whom she had never seen and who had never employed her. Some natural delicacy of constitution. and there was vanity in all they did. more relaxed in 54 . They had charitable hearts and many amiable feelings. be the death of her. was not very unlike her sister in person or manner. Charlotte approached with a peculiar degree of respectful compassion. and now she was at Sanditon. Mr. being removed into lodgings and all the party continuing quite well. as well as in all they endured. the love of distinction and the love of the wonderful. not only was there no open window. She was not made acquainted with the others until the following day when. part was laid out in a zeal for being useful. and she found them arranged for the evening in a small neat drawing room with a beautiful view of the sea if they had chosen it. but the sofa and the table and the establishment in general was all at the other end of the room by a brisk fire. It would seem that they must either be very busy for the good of others or else extremely ill themselves. intending to make some stay and without appearing to have the slightest recollection of having written or felt any such thing. It was impossible for Charlotte not to suspect a good deal of fancy in such an extraordinary state of health. with an unfortunate turn for medicine. and Mrs. Parker spent a great part of the evening at the hotel. had given them an early tendency at various times to various disorders. The whole of their mental vivacity was evidently not so employed. but though it had been a very fair English summer day. especially quack medicine. though more thin and worn by illness and medicine. in her present state. their brother and sister and herself were entreated to drink tea with them. the sisters were perhaps driven to dissipate theirs in the invention of odd complaints. Miss Parker. whom.Chapter 10 IT WAS NOT A WEEK since Miss Diana Parker had been told by her feelings that the sea air would probably.
the whole evening as incessantly as Diana. on Mrs. Griffiths' business or their own. housemaids. Diana was evidently the chief of the family . no. Diana. Arthur Parker. but not its amount. and excepting that she sat with salts in her hand. and boasted much of sitting by the fire until he had cooked up a very good one. and she was now regaling in the delight of opening the first trenches of an acquaintance with such a powerful discharge of unexpected obligation. and having fancied him a very puny. perhaps it might. and Mrs. Mr. She had been too successful. and Arthur had found the air so cold that he had merely walked from one house to the other as nimbly as he could. broad-made and lusty. she had also opened so many treaties with cooks. delicate-looking young man. Charlotte could perceive no symptoms of illness which she. had not once sat down during the space of seven hours. was astonished to find him quite as tall as his brother and a great deal stouter. Parker and Charlotte had seen two post chaises crossing the down to the hotel as they were setting off. however. washerwomen and bathing women that Mrs. bringing two heavy boxes herself. time not allowing for the circuitous train of intelligence which had been hitherto kept up. by her own account. confessed herself a little tired. they could distinguish from their window that there was an arrival at the hotel. Susan had only superintended their final removal from the hotel. She had had considerable curiosity to see Mr. Griffiths. Could it be the Camberwell seminary? No. for much fatigue. took drops two or three times from one out of several phials already at home on the mantelpiece and made a great many odd faces and contortions. materially the smallest of a not very robust family. She talked. Griffiths would have little more to do on her arrival than to wave her hand and collect them around her for choice. She had been on her feet the whole morning. Griffiths herself. The Miss Parkers and Arthur had also seen something. but it was very generally agreed that 55 .by walking and talking down a thousand difficulties at last secured a proper house at eight guineas per week for Mrs. a joyful sight and full of speculation. and was still the most alert of the three. Her concluding effort in the cause had been a few polite lines of information to Mrs. would not have undertaken to cure by putting out the fire.air and more subdued in voice. Had there been a third carriage. however. in the boldness of her own good health. and with no other look of an invalid than a sodden complexion.principal mover and actor. opening the window and disposing of the drops and the salts by means of one or the other. Their visitors answered for two hack chaises. whose exercise had been too domestic to admit of calculation but who. for not only had she .
" "That's a great blessing. "as never to know whether the air is damp or dry. She drew back her chair to have all the advantage of his person as a screen and was very thankful for every inch of back and shoulders beyond her preconceived idea.two hack chaises36 could never contain a seminary." A "hack" or hired chaise is a carriage of any type that is hired for the journey rather than owned by the family. I have no idea that I am." "You are quite in the right to doubt it as long as you possibly can. who was sitting next to the fire with a degree of enjoyment which gave a good deal of merit to his civility in wishing her to take his chair." "I am very nervous. "We should not have had one at home." "I am so fortunate. Parker used in Chapter One was probably a hack chaise." replied Arthur. and Mrs. It gives me the rheumatism. But." "I like the air too. as his brother. Parker was confident of another new family. I am not afraid of anything so much as damp. There was nothing dubious in her manner of declining it and he sat down again with much satisfaction. Such was the influence of youth and bloom that he began even to make a sort of apology for having a fire. a damp air does not like me. "I am very fond of standing at an open window when there is no wind. as well as anybody can. requiring in common politeness some attention. nerves are the worst part of my complaints in my opinion. To say the truth. and while the other four were chiefly engaged together. after some removals to look at the sea and the hotel. I suppose?" "Not at all. You are not rheumatic. observed with considerable pleasure. When they were all finally seated." said he. but I doubt it. given that the carriage was "not his master’s own". 36 56 . I believe not. It has always some property that is wholesome and invigorating to me. some powerful object of animation for him. I am sure." said Charlotte. who felt the decided want of some motive for action. Charlotte's place was by Arthur. Mr. Arthur was heavy in eye as well as figure but by no means indisposed to talk. But perhaps you are nervous?" "No. My sisters think me bilious. he evidently felt it no penance to have a fine young woman next to him. "but the sea air is always damp. unluckily. The carriage that Mr.
"If I were bilious," he continued, "you know, wine would disagree with me, but it always does me good. The more wine I drink - in moderation - the better I am. I am always best of an evening. If you had seen me today before dinner, you would have thought me a very poor creature." Charlotte could believe it. She kept her countenance, however, and said, "As far as I can understand what nervous complaints are, I have a great idea of the efficacy of air and exercise for them - daily, regular exercise - and I should recommend rather more of it to you than I suspect you are in the habit of taking." "Oh, I am very fond of exercise myself," he replied, "and I mean to walk a great deal while I am here, if the weather is temperate. I shall be out every morning before breakfast and take several turns upon the Terrace, and you will often see me at Trafalgar House." "But you do not call a walk to Trafalgar House much exercise?" "Not as to mere distance, but the hill is so steep! Walking up that hill, in the middle of the day, would throw me into such a perspiration! You would see me all in a bath by the time I got there! I am very subject to perspiration, and there cannot be a surer sign of nervousness." They were now advancing so deep in physics that Charlotte viewed the entrance of the servant with the tea things as a very fortunate interruption. It produced a great and immediate change. The young man's attentions were instantly lost. He took his own cocoa from the tray, which seemed provided with almost as many teapots as there were persons in company - Miss Parker drinking one sort of herb tea and Miss Diana another - and turning completely to the fire, sat coddling and cooking it to his own satisfaction and toasting some slices of bread, brought up ready-prepared in the toast rack; and until it was all done, she heard nothing of his voice but the murmuring of a few broken sentences of self-approbation and success. When his toils were over, however, he moved back his chair into as gallant a line as ever, and proved that he had not been working only for himself by his earnest invitation to her to take both cocoa and toast. She was already helped to tea - which surprised him, so totally self-engrossed had he been. "I thought I should have been in time," said he, "but cocoa takes a great deal of boiling."
"I am much obliged to you," replied Charlotte. "But I prefer tea." "Then I will help myself," said he. "A large dish of rather weak cocoa every evening agrees with me better than anything." It struck her, however, as he poured out this rather weak cocoa, that it came forth in a very fine, dark-colored stream; and at the same moment, his sisters both crying out, "Oh, Arthur, you get your cocoa stronger and stronger every evening," with Arthur's somewhat conscious reply of "'Tis rather stronger than it should be tonight," convinced her that Arthur was by no means so fond of being starved as they could desire or as he felt proper himself. He was certainly very happy to turn the conversation on dry toast and hear no more of his sisters. "I hope you will eat some of this toast," said he. "I reckon myself a very good toaster. I never burn my toasts, I never put them too near the fire at first. And yet, you see, there is not a corner but what is well-browned. I hope you like dry toast." "With a reasonable quantity of butter spread over it, very much," said Charlotte, "but not otherwise." "No more do I," said he, exceedingly pleased. "We think quite alike there. So far from dry toast being wholesome, I think it a very bad thing for the stomach. Without a little butter to soften it, it hurts the coats of the stomach. I am sure it does. I will have the pleasure of spreading some for you directly, and afterwards I will spread some for myself. Very bad indeed for the coats of the stomach - but there is no convincing some people. It irritates and acts like a nutmeg grater." He could not get command of the butter, however, without a struggle; his sisters accusing him of eating a great deal too much and declaring he was not to be trusted, and he maintaining that he only ate enough to secure the coats of his stomach, and besides, he only wanted it now for Miss Heywood. Such a plea must prevail. He got the butter and spread away for her with an accuracy of judgment which at least delighted himself. But when her toast was done and he took his own in hand, Charlotte could hardly contain herself as she saw him watching his sisters while he scrupulously scraped off almost as much butter as he put on, and then seizing an odd moment for adding a great dab just before it went into his mouth. Certainly, Mr. Arthur Parker's enjoyments in invalidism were very different from his sisters' - by no means so spiritualized. A good deal of earthy dross
hung about him. Charlotte could not but suspect him of adopting that line of life principally for the indulgence of an indolent temper, and to be determined on having no disorders but such as called for warm rooms and good nourishment. In one particular, however, she soon found that he had caught something from them. "What!" said he. "Do you venture upon two dishes of strong green tea in one evening? What nerves you must have! How I envy you. Now, if I were to swallow only one such dish, what do you think its effect would be upon me?" "Keep you awake perhaps all night," replied Charlotte, meaning to overthrow his attempts at surprise by the grandeur of her own conceptions. "Oh, if that were all!" he exclaimed. "No. It acts on me like poison and would entirely take away the use of my right side before I had swallowed it five minutes. It sounds almost incredible, but it has happened to me so often that I cannot doubt it. The use of my right side is entirely taken away for several hours!" "It sounds rather odd to be sure," answered Charlotte coolly, "but I dare say it would be proved to be the simplest thing in the world by those who have studied right sides and green tea scientifically and thoroughly understand all the possibilities of their action on each other." Soon after tea, a letter was brought to Miss Diana Parker from the hotel. "From Mrs. Charles Dupuis," said she, "some private hand," and having read a few lines, exclaimed aloud, "Well, this is very extraordinary! Very extraordinary indeed! That both should have the same name. Two Mrs. Griffiths! This is a letter of recommendation and introduction to me of the lady from Camberwell - and her name happens to be Griffiths too." A few more lines, however, and the color rushed into her cheeks and with much perturbation, she added, "The oddest thing that ever was! A Miss Lambe too! A young West Indian of large fortune. But it cannot be the same. Impossible that it should be the same." She read the letter aloud for comfort. It was merely to introduce the bearer, Mrs. Griffiths from Camberwell, and the three young ladies under her care to Miss Diana Parker's notice. Mrs. Griffiths, being a stranger at Sanditon, was anxious for a respectable introduction; and Mrs. Charles Dupuis, therefore, at the instance of the intermediate friend, provided her with this letter, knowing that she could not do her
Griffiths' chief solicitude would be for the accommodation and comfort of one of the young ladies under her care. and so it was settled. "Impossible" and "Impossible" were repeated over and over again with great fervor. a young West Indian of large fortune in delicate health. Tired as she was. a Miss Lambe. She must put her shawl over her shoulders and be running about again. such a totally distinct set of people as were concerned in the reports of each made that matter quite certain. An accidental resemblance of names and circumstances. Impossible to be otherwise. involved nothing really incredible.dear Diana a greater kindness than by giving her the means of being useful. 60 ." It was very strange! Very remarkable! Very extraordinary! But they were all agreed in determining it to be impossible that there should not be two families. Miss Diana herself derived an immediate advantage to counterbalance her perplexity. "Mrs. There must be two families. she must instantly repair to the hotel to investigate the truth and offer her services. however striking at first.
who supported herself by receiving such great girls and young ladies as wanted either masters for finishing their education or a home for beginning their displays. Charles Dupuis and Mrs. and the subject had supplied letters and extracts and messages enough to make everything appear what it was not. Griffiths who. and who was without fears or difficulties. and much worse than all the rest must have been the sensation of being less clear-sighted and infallible than she had believed herself. and indeed of all. in her friend Mrs. At any rate. as she paid in proportion to her fortune. a brother disappointed. Mrs. Griffiths as alert as ever. No part of it.Chapter 11 IT WOULD NOT DO. Her intimate friends must be officious like herself. Miss Diana probably felt a little awkward on being first obliged to admit her mistake. chilly and tender. Darling's hands. 61 . Fanny Noyce. Griffiths was a very well-behaved. There were so many to share in the shame and the blame that probably. Not all that the whole Parker race could say among themselves could produce a happier catastrophe than that the family from Surrey and the family from Camberwell were one and the same. A long journey from Hampshire taken for nothing. an expensive house on her hands for a week must have been some of her immediate reflections. The rich West Indians and the young ladies' seminary had all entered Sanditon in those two hack chaises. The Mrs. Charles Dupuis's neighbor. had wavered as to coming and been unequal to the journey. Griffiths whose plans were at the same period (under another representation) perfectly decided. seemed to trouble her for long. was the very same Mrs. All that had the appearance of incongruity in the reports of the two might very fairly be placed to the account of the vanity. Griffiths. there might be a mere trifle of reproach remaining for herself. the ignorance or the blunders of the many engaged in the cause by the vigilance and caution of Miss Diana Parker. but the others all happened to be absent. had a maid of her own. when she had divided out their proper portions to Mrs. and was always of the first consequence in every plan of Mrs. She had several more under her care than the three who were now come to Sanditon. Miss Lambe was beyond comparison the most important and precious. Mrs. she was seen all the following morning walking about after lodgings with Mrs. however. was to have the best room in the lodgings. She was about seventeen. Of these three. Miss Capper. genteel kind of woman. half mulatto. Darling.
and the Miss Beauforts. very elegant and very secluded. There. of praise and celebrity from all who walked within the sound of her instrument. Miss Lambe was "under the constant care of an experienced physician. two Miss Beauforts. retired place like Sanditon on Miss Lambe's account. In Miss Lambe. and the Miss Beauforts were soon satisfied with "the circle in which they moved in Sanditon. Mrs. The particular introduction of Mrs. their time being divided between such pursuits as might attract admiration.The other girls. on Miss Beaufort's side. whom she had been asking for. they were some of the first in every change of fashion. How it might answer with regard to the baronet remained to be proved but. with the hope. as to the animals. were just such young ladies as may be met with in at least one family out of three throughout the kingdom." to use a proper phrase. the consolation of meaning to be the most stylish girls in the place. sickly and rich. with the hire of a harp for one and the purchase of some drawing paper for the other and all the finery they could already command. were constrained to be satisfied with Sanditon also until their circumstances were retrieved. Lady Denham had other motives for calling on Mrs. Griffiths never deviated from the strict medicinal page. They had tolerable complexions.to the prevalence of which rotatory motion is perhaps to be attributed the giddiness and false steps of many. showy figures. she soon found that all her calculations of profit would be vain. of curiosity and rapture in all who came near her while she sketched. having in the course of the spring been involved in the inevitable expense of six new dresses each for a three days' visit. an upright decided carriage and an assured look. and those labors and expedients of dexterous ingenuity by which they could dress in a style much beyond what they ought to have afforded. Griffiths had preferred a small. Griffiths would not allow Miss Lambe to have the smallest symptom of a decline or any complaint which asses' milk could possibly relieve. which a cousin of her own had a property in. here was the very young lady. Mrs." and his prescriptions must be their rule. though naturally preferring anything to smallness and retirement. for everybody must now "move in a circle" . Griffiths to Miss Diana Parker secured them immediately an acquaintance with the Trafalgar House family and with the Denhams. and she made the acquaintance for Sir Edward's sake and the sake of her milch asses. And except in favor of some tonic pills. And the object of all was to captivate some man of much better fortune than their own. 62 . Mrs. and to both. they were very accomplished and very ignorant. and on Miss Letitia's. they meant to be very economical. Griffiths besides attention to the Parkers.
could not move here without notice. And accordingly. attracted many an eye upwards and made many a gazer gaze again. by the frequency of their appearance at the low windows upstairs in order to close the blinds. or open the blinds. and on one side whatever might be going on at the hotel.though it was half a quarter of a mile round about and added two steps to the ascent of the hill. though little disposed for supernumerary exertion. The Miss Beauforts. And even Mr. A little novelty has a great effect in so small a place. they had. long before they had suited themselves with an instrument or with drawing paper. who would have been nothing at Brighton. or look at nothing through a telescope. always quitted the Terrace in his way to his brother's by this corner house for the sake of a glimpse of the Miss Beauforts . and considering that it commanded in front the favorite lounge of all the visitors at Sanditon. to arrange a flower pot on the balcony. there could not have been a more favorable spot for the seclusion of the Miss Beauforts.The corner house of the Terrace was the one in which Miss Diana Parker had the pleasure of settling her new friends. Arthur Parker. 63 .
provided it meet with her approbation. if you find her in a giving mood. Yet as their distress is very great and I almost promised the poor woman yesterday to get something done for her. And then there is the family of the poor man who was hung last assizes at York. Mary. "I think you had better mention the poor Mullins's situation and sound her Ladyship as to a subscription for them. I will thank you to mention a very melancholy case to Lady Denham which has been represented to me in the most affecting terms.it is a sort of tax upon all that come. You have only to state the present afflicted situation of the family." said Mr. my love. There is a poor woman in Worcestershire. at a more early hour. But now it was to be more resolutely undertaken." he cried. and my being willing to promote a little subscription for their relief." replied his wife. who happened to be calling on them at the moment. and. when once she is prevailed on to undraw her purse." "My dear Mary. "but you would do it so much better yourself. every attempt at calling on Lady Denham having been defeated by meeting with her beforehand. I am not fond of charitable subscriptions in a place of this kind .the establishment of a charitable repository at Burton-on-Trent. Nothing can be more simple. who did not mean to go with them. And I look upon her to be the sort of person who. therefore. And while you are on the subject of subscriptions.Chapter 12 CHARLOTTE had been ten days at Sanditon without seeing Sanditon House. You will not dislike speaking to her about it. And therefore. "It is impossible you can be really at a loss. I shall not know what to say." cried Miss Diana Parker. that nothing might be neglected of attention to Lady Denham or amusement to Charlotte. their earnest application to me. the sooner the better. I believe we must set a subscription on foot. Mary?" "I will do whatever you wish me." "The easiest thing in the world. you might as well speak in favor of another charity which I and a few more have very much at heart . and Lady Denham's name at the head of the list will be a very necessary beginning. Parker. if she is properly attacked. would as readily give ten guineas as five. whom some friends of mine are exceedingly interested about. "And if you should find a favorable opening. "All said and done in less time than you have been talking of it now. though we really have raised the sum we wanted for 64 . If you would mention the circumstance to Lady Denham! Lady Denham can give. and I have undertaken to collect whatever I can for her.
he will go to bed too. I will take an opportunity of seeing Lady Denham myself. But you see. open four-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses. Griffiths' to encourage Miss Lambe in taking her first dip. for Susan is to have leeches at one o'clock . Mama. which was his object. for if he stays up by himself he will certainly eat and drink more than he ought. But if this is the case I hope Arthur will come to us. and when the leeches have done. "It is Uncle Sidney. from one horse to four. Parker was delighted at this release and set off very happy with her friend and her little girl on this walk to Sanditon House. his sister could say no more in support of hers. 65 . one following the other. I ought to be in bed myself at this present time for I am hardly able to stand. I know how little it suits you to be pressing matters upon a mind at all unwilling. poor thing. and just as they were concluding in favor of a tandem38. when they reached the brow of the hill. I dare say we shall both go to our rooms for the rest of the day. "I will not trouble you to speak about the Mullins’s. that I promised to come and keep up her spirits and go in the machine with her if she wished it. Mrs. it may as well be done.putting them all out. "I could no more mention these things to Lady Denham than I could fly. it is indeed." said her husband." "If Arthur takes my advice. It appeared at different moments to be everything from a gig to a phaeton37." "Where's the difficulty? I wish I could go with you myself. phaetons were typically associated with flashy young men. But in five minutes I must be at Mrs. A two-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses." "My dear Diana!" exclaimed Mrs. they could not for some time make out what sort of carriage it was which they saw coming up. Therefore I really have not a moment to spare. I must hurry home." His application thus withdrawn. yet if you can get a guinea from her on their behalf. Besides that. between ourselves. as he felt all their impropriety and all the certainty of their ill effect upon his own better claim. She is so frightened. And as soon as that is over." "I am sorry to hear it. 37 38 A light. misty morning and. little Mary's young eyes distinguished the coachman and she eagerly called out. indeed. It was a close." "Upon second thoughts. how impossible it is for me to go with you to Lady Denham's. Mary.which will be a three hours' business." And so it proved. Mary. Parker.
was soon opposite to them. The fence was a proper park paling in excellent condition. however. They were sitting so near each other and appeared so closely engaged in gentle conversation that Charlotte instantly felt she had nothing to do but to step back again and say not a word. And they parted to meet again within a few hours. apparently very composedly. at Sanditon". for there were vacant spaces. The manners of the Parkers were always pleasant among themselves. and Sir Edward Denham by her side. planted approach between fields. and a very well-bred bow and proper address to Miss Heywood on her being named to him. Sidney Parker.Miss Brereton seated not far before her at the foot of the bank which sloped down from the outside of the paling and which a narrow path seemed to skirt along . with a decided air of ease and fashion and a lively countenance. that an outside fence was at first almost pressing on the road. but the hotel must be his quarters. It was something which immediately brought Miss Brereton into her head. and through one of these. Sidney Parker was about seven or eight and twenty. leading at the end of a quarter of a mile through second gates into grounds which. very good-looking. so near to one of its boundaries. He was "just come from Eastbourne proposing to spend two or three days. and stepping to the pales. she saw indeed . handsome. in spite of the mist .Miss Brereton seated. though not extensive. who was most kindly taking it for granted that he was on his way to Trafalgar House. with kind notice of little Mary. Mrs. had all the beauty and respectability which an abundance of very fine timber could give. Parker entered into all her husband's joy on the occasion and exulted in the credit which Sidney's arrival would give to the place. and they all stopped for a few minutes. as soon as they entered the enclosure. until an angle here and a curve there threw them to a better distance. These entrance gates were so much in a corner of the grounds or paddock. Privacy was certainly their object. with clusters of fine elms or rows of old thorns following its line almost everywhere. caught a glimpse over the pales of something white and womanish in the field on the other side. driving his servant in a very neat carriage.Mr. The rest was common inquiries and remarks. He was expecting to be joined there by a friend or two. and it was a very friendly meeting between Sidney and his sister-in-law. This he declined. "Almost" must be stipulated. as it might happen. The road to Sanditon House was a broad. Charlotte.and very decidedly. It could not but strike 66 . This adventure afforded agreeable discussion for some time.
Two servants appeared to admit them and everything had a suitable air of property and order: Lady Denham valued herself upon her liberal establishment and had great enjoyment in the order and importance of her style of living. but hers was a situation which must not be judged with severity. little conspicuous. THE END 67 . Poor Mr. and a great thickness of air to aid them as well! Yet here she had seen them.the whole field open before them. was the picture of Sir Henry Denham. represented Mr. and that one among many miniatures in another part of the room. a steep bank and pales never crossed by the foot of man at their back. Charlotte could not but think of the extreme difficulty which secret lovers must have in finding a proper spot for their stolen interviews. caught the eye immediately. placed over the mantelpiece. Hollis! It was impossible not to feel him hardly used: to be obliged to stand back in his own house and see the best place by the fire constantly occupied by Sir Harry Denham. wellproportioned and well-furnished. Among other points of moralizing reflection which the sight of this tête-á-tête produced. She was glad to perceive that nothing had been discerned by Mrs. They were shown into the usual sitting room. Charlotte had leisure to look about her and to be told by Mrs. Parker that the whole-length portrait of a stately gentleman which. The house was large and handsome. If Charlotte had not been considerably the taller of the two. Miss Brereton's white ribbons might not have fallen within the ken of her more observant eyes. Here perhaps they had thought themselves so perfectly secure from observation . Hollis. though it was furniture rather originally good and extremely well-kept than new or showy.her rather unfavorably with regard to Clara. Parker. They were really ill-used. And as Lady Denham was not there.
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